Synopses & Reviews
What does it mean to be mad? In Madness and Civilization, perhaps his masterpiece, Michel Foucault examines the archaeology of madness in the West from 1500 to 1800 — from the Middle Ages, when insanity was considered part of everyday life and fools and crazies walked the streets freely, to the time when such people began to be considered a threat, asylums were first built, and a wall was erected between the "insane" and the rest of humanity.
"Foucault's book belongs, both by reason of its content and its profundity, in the class of such treatises — at once historical, scientific, and ethical — as Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death." The New York Times Book Review
"Superb scholarship rendered with artistry."
-- The Nation
About the Author
One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.