Madness: The Invention of an Idea (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)

Madness: The Invention of an Idea (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) by Michel Foucault 0062007181 9780062007186
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This seminal early work of Foucault is indispensable to understanding his development as a thinker. Written in 1954 and revised in 1962, Mental Illness and Psychology delineates the shift that occurred in Foucaults thought during this period. The first iteration reflects the philosophers early interest in and respect for Freud and the psychoanalytic tradition. The second part, rewritten in 1962, marks a dramatic change in Foucaults thinking. Examining the history of madness as a social and cultural construct, he moves outside of the psychoanalytic tradition into the radical critique of Freud that was to dominate his later work. Mental Illness and Psychology is an important document tracing the intellectual evolution of this influential thinker. A foreword by Foucault scholar Hubert Dreyfus situates the book within the framework of Foucaults entire body of work.

Author: Michel Foucault

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 160

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Publication Date: 2011-01-04

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