Madness: The Invention of an Idea

Paperback | January 4, 2011

byMichel Foucault

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Michel Foucault’s first exploration of insanity as a social construct—and his debut work of criticism, published nearly a decade before Madness and CivilizationMadness offers an invaluable lens through which to observe the seminal social critic’s philosophical evolution. Previously published as Mental Illness and Psychology, this exciting and accessible new edition offers unique insight into both Foucault’s early engagement with the psychoanalytic tradition and his critical break from Freud, giving readers a crucial look at the thinking that prefigured The History of Sexuality, The Archeology of Knowledge, and more.

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Michel Foucault’s first exploration of insanity as a social construct—and his debut work of criticism, published nearly a decade before Madness and Civilization—Madness offers an invaluable lens through which to observe the seminal social critic’s philosophical evolution. Previously published as Mental Illness and Psychology, this exci...

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Compelling and highly influential, Michel Foucault's Madness is an indispensable work for readers who wish to understand the intellectual evolution of one of the most important social theorists of the twentieth century.Written in 1954 and revised in 1962, Madness delineates the profound shift that occurred in Foucault's thought during ...

One of the most important theorists of the twentieth century, Michel Foucault (1926-1984) published many books, includingDiscipline and Punish,The Archaeology of Knowledge,The History of Sexuality, andThe Discourse on Language.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.12 × 4.5 × 0.44 inPublished:January 4, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062007181

ISBN - 13:9780062007186

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