The Invention of an Idea

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 this period. The first iteration reflects the philosopher's early interest in and respect for Freudian theory and the psychoanalytic tradition. The second part marks a dramatic change in Foucault's thinking. Examining the history of madness as a social and cultural construct, he moves into a radical critique of Freud and toward the postmodern deconstruction that was to dominate and define his later work.

Title Madness
Subtitle The Invention of an Idea
Author Michel Foucault
Publisher Harper Perennial
Dewey Classification 320
Title First Published 01 January 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 160 p.
ISBN-10 0062007181
ISBN-13 9780062007186
Publication Date 01 January 2011
Main content page count 160
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $10.99

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