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History of madness

Author: Michel Foucault; Jean Khalfa
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Challenging entrenched views of madness and reason, History of Madness is one of the classics of 20th century thought. It is Foucaultʼs first major work, written in a dazzling and sometimes enigmatic literary style. It also introduces many of the inspiring and radical themes that he was to write about throughout his life, above all the nature of power and social exclusion. History of Madness begins in the Middle  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Foucault; Jean Khalfa
ISBN: 0415277019 9780415277013 0415477263 9780415477260
OCLC Number: 57429743
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "This translation is the first English edition of the complete French text"--Front flap.
"An abridged English edition was published in 1967 as Madness and civilization"--Front flap.
Description: xxxix, 725 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Ian Hacking --
Introduction / Jean Khalfa --
Preface to the 1961 edition --
Preface to the 1972 edition --
pt. 1 --
1. Stultifera navis --
2. The great confinement --
3. The correctional world --
4. Experiences of madness --
5. The insane --
pt. 2 --
Introduction --
1. The madman in the garden of species --
2. The transcendence of delirium --
3. Figures of madness --
4. Doctors and patients --
pt. 3 --
Introduction --
1. The great fear --
2. The new division --
3. The proper use of liberty --
4. Birth of the asylum --
5. The anthropological circle --
Appendices --
1. Madness, the absence of an œuvre. Appendix 1 of 1972 edition --
2. My body, this paper, this fire. Appendix 2 of 1972 edition --
3. Reply to Derrida ('Michel Foucault Derrida e no kaino'. Paideia (Tokyo) February 1972) --
Endnotes --
Annexes --
1. Documents --
2. Foucault's original bibliography --
3. Bibliography of English works quoted in this translation --
4. Critical bibliography on Foucault's History of Madness --
Index.
Other Titles: Folie et déraison.
Responsibility: Michel Foucault ; edited by Jean Khalfa ; translated by Jonathan Murphy and Jean Khalfa.
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