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Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the College de France, 1973-74 (Lectures at the College de France)

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In this new addition to the College de France lecture series, Michel Foucault's historical enquiry into the uses and techniques of power and knowledge finds itself directed towards a study of the birth of psychiatry. Psychiatric Power shows not only how Western society's division of the mad from the sane began, but also how society, medicine, and law and their treatment of the mad developed into what we now recognize as modern psychiatry, and how modern social and political attitudes towards madness developed. A seminal work by this leading thinker of the modern age, Psychiatric Power builds on Foucault's published writings while opening new vistas within historical and philosophical study. Michael Foucault, acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines.

Arnold I. Davidson is Professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pisa. He is the author of The Emergence of Sexuality: Historical Epistemology and the Formation of Concepts and co-editor of the anthology Michel Foucault: Philosophie. Translator Graham Burchell has written essays on Michel Foucault and was an editor of The Foucault Effect. Madness and Civilization undertook the archaeology of the division according to which, in Western Society, the madman found himself separated from the sane. That book ends with the medicalization of madness at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Michel Foucault's 1973/1974 course, Psychiatric Power, pursues this history whilst reorienting his project: in this course Foucault sketches the genealogy of psychiatry, of its characteristic form of power/knowledge. In order to give an account of this form of psychiatric and medical knowledge about madness, one must start from an analysis of the apparatuses and the techniques of power that organized the treatment of the mad in the period that spans from Philippe Pinel to Jean-Martin Charcot. Psychiatry is not born as a consequence of progress in the knowledge of madness but from the disciplinary apparatuses within which the regime imposed on madness is organized. From this point of view, Psychiatric Power continues the project of a history of the human sciences. The course concludes at the end of the nineteenth century at the moment of the double depsychiatrization of madness, now dispersed between the neurologist and the psychoanalyst. The summary of the course at the end of this volume contains the core of what Foucault perhaps didn't have time to discuss in the course itself. Taken in its entirety, Psychiatric Power goes so far as to propose a genealogy of the antipsychiatric movements which so marked the 1960s. In this new addition to the College de France lecture series, Michel Foucault's historical enquiry into the uses and techniques of power and knowledge finds itself directed towards a study of the birth of psychiatry. Psychiatric Power shows not only how Western society's division of the mad from the sane began, but also how society, medicine, and law and their treatment of the mad developed into what we now recognize as modern psychiatry, and how modern social and political attitudes towards madness developed. A seminal work by this leading thinker of the modern age, Psychiatric Power builds on Foucault's published writings while opening new vistas within historical and philosophical study.

Synopsis:

The fourth volume of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France

Synopsis:

The fourth volume of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France

Synopsis:

In Psychiatric Power, the fourth volume in the collection of his groundbreaking lectures at the Collège de France, Michel Foucault addresses and expands upon the ideas in his seminal Madness and Civilization, sketching the genealogy of psychiatry and of its characteristic form of power/knowledge. Madness and Civilization undertook the archeology of the division according to which, in Western Society, the madman found himself separated from the sane. That book ends with the medicalization of madness at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Psychiatric Power continues this discourse up to the end of the nineteenth century, and the double "depsychiatrization" of madness, now dispersed between the neurologist and the psychoanalyst. Presented in a conversational tone, Psychiatric Power brings fresh access and light to the work of one of the past century's preeminent thinkers.

Synopsis:

In this new addition to the Collège de France lecture series, Michel Foucault's historical enquiry into the uses and techniques of power and knowledge finds itself directed towards a study of the birth of psychiatry. Psychiatric Power shows not only how Western society's division of the "mad" from the "sane" began, but also how society, medicine, and law and their treatment of the "mad" developed into what we now recognize as modern psychiatry, and how modern social and political attitudes towards madness developed. A seminal work by this leading thinker of the modern age, Psychiatric Power builds on Foucault's published writings while opening new vistas within historical and philosophical study.

About the Author

Michael Foucault is acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s.

Series editor Arnold I. Davidson teaches philosophy, divinity, comparative literature, and history of science at the University of Chicago, and is executive director of the journal Critical Inquiry. He is co-editor of the anthology Michel Foucault: Philosophie.

Translator Graham Burchell has written essays on Michel Foucault and was an editor of The Foucault Effect.

Table of Contents

Foreword * Introduction * Translator's Note * 7 November 1973 * 14 November 1973 * 21 November 1973 * 28 November 1973 * 5 December 1973 * 12 December 1973 * 19 December 1973 * 9 January 1974 * 16 January 1974 * 23 January 1974 * 30 January 1974 * 6 February 1974 * Course Summary * Course Context * Index of Notions * Index of Names * Index of Places
Foreword * Introduction * Translator's Note * 7 November 1973 * 14 November 1973 * 21 November 1973 * 28 November 1973 * 5 December 1973 * 12 December 1973 * 19 December 1973 * 9 January 1974 * 16 January 1974 * 23 January 1974 * 30 January 1974 * 6 February 1974 * Course Summary * Course Context * Index of Notions * Index of Names * Index of Places

Product Details

ISBN:
9781403969224
Author:
Burchell, Graham
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Translator:
Burchell, Graham
Editor:
Lagrange, Jacques
Editor:
Ewald, Francois
Author:
Davidson, Arnold I.
Author:
Lagrange, Jacques
Author:
Davidson, Arnold I. I.
Author:
Burchell, Graham
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychiatry - General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Psychiatry -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Subject:
History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Lectures at the Collège de France
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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The fourth volume of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France

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The fourth volume of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France

"Synopsis" by ,

In Psychiatric Power, the fourth volume in the collection of his groundbreaking lectures at the Collège de France, Michel Foucault addresses and expands upon the ideas in his seminal Madness and Civilization, sketching the genealogy of psychiatry and of its characteristic form of power/knowledge. Madness and Civilization undertook the archeology of the division according to which, in Western Society, the madman found himself separated from the sane. That book ends with the medicalization of madness at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Psychiatric Power continues this discourse up to the end of the nineteenth century, and the double "depsychiatrization" of madness, now dispersed between the neurologist and the psychoanalyst. Presented in a conversational tone, Psychiatric Power brings fresh access and light to the work of one of the past century's preeminent thinkers.

"Synopsis" by ,
In this new addition to the Collège de France lecture series, Michel Foucault's historical enquiry into the uses and techniques of power and knowledge finds itself directed towards a study of the birth of psychiatry. Psychiatric Power shows not only how Western society's division of the "mad" from the "sane" began, but also how society, medicine, and law and their treatment of the "mad" developed into what we now recognize as modern psychiatry, and how modern social and political attitudes towards madness developed. A seminal work by this leading thinker of the modern age, Psychiatric Power builds on Foucault's published writings while opening new vistas within historical and philosophical study.

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