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تاريخ الجنون في العصر الكلاسيكي

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يعد هذا الكتاب أول عمل نظري متكامل، بل يمكن اعتباره الانطلاقة الفعلية لمشروع نظري ضخم امتد على ما يقارب ربع قرن كانت مادته الأساسية "الخبرة الإنسانية" في لحظات إبداعها لأشكال العسف المتنوعة للحد من اندفاع الجسد والروح، وتخطيهما لحدود "المعقول" و"العقلاني" و"المستقيم" و"الرزين" للانتشاء بالذات داخل عوالم اللاعقل التي لا تعترف بأية "حدود إضافية" غير تلك التي تأتي من أشياء ...more
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Published 2006 by المركز الثقافي العربي (first published 1961)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la Folie à l'âge Classique = Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault
When it was first published in France in 1961 as Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la Folie à l'âge Classique, few had heard of a thirty-four year old philosopher by the name of Michel Foucault. By the time an abridged English edition was published in 1967 as Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault had shaken the intellectual world. Foucault's first major book, Madness and Civilization is an
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David Schaafsma
Some of what we read here has become commonplace in the world of ideas, but this is where it started for many thinkers of the twentieth century. In this volume Foucault illustrates how notions like madness are socially and culturally constructed in any given age and place. The criteria for madness are made up, by us, they in part invented for particular social and political purposes. Leper colonies housed/confined/kept from society those with this disease, and when leprosy largely died out there ...more
AC
Dec 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE:
I realize now (as I read Dreyfus and Rabinow) that I completely misread this book. I read it too quickly, and the book is maddeningly eccentric and so difficult to comprehend. Further, I read it without sufficient context either of this book itself, or of Foucault's corpus, or of the philosophical background in which or against which MF is operating. The problem is intensified by the fact that Foucault is one of those thinkers who changed his mind extensively from first to last on
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Trevor
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philosophy for Foucault is a discourse, I guess a series of texts that cluster around a single topic and have a meaning as much based on their history as their current ‘meaning’. It is too easy to get tangled in knots with words here – but this book is actually quite a simple read and incredibly interesting.

There is the bit that is often quoted - the idea that hysteria was once considered to be a woman’s madness caused by her womb wandering around her body and thereby causing mental problems. I
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Andrew
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit, I didn't read this entire book. However, I do feel I read enough of it to get the general idea. Foucault is trying to distance himself from history here. He dislikes the "victorious" narrative of history and instead seeks to build an anthropology based around one aspect of the human sciences, employing the method of "archaeology." Borrowing Nietzsche's genealogy approach, Foucault excavates various uses of confinement or separation of the "madman" overtime, and looks at shifts and ...more
Steve
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I was a double major in psychology and English as an undergraduate, with a minor in philosophy. When I graduated in January of 1998, I hadn't yet heard about whether I'd been admitted to graduate school and couldn't find a job teaching English, my back-up plan. I decided to turn my philosophy minor into a major, as I already had more courses than required for a minor and was only 4 away. It so happened that I was missing were mostly already determined: (1) history of ancient philosophy, (2) ...more
Kate
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me almost two months to finish this behemoth, but it was worth it. Two months ago, I was reading an article in the New York Times on modern Catholicism that mentioned Foucault, and from there I read a brief overview on Wikipedia. There I found a reference to the History of Madness, Foucault's doctoral thesis, and since I'm interested in insanity, asylums and so forth, I checked this one out of the library.

I'm not going to lie, this is a dense tome. I read it in 5-20 page increments,
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Richard
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is said that Foucault enjoyed being whipped.
Don Rea
Jun 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
So far I'm about fifty or sixty pages in, and I've completely lost track of what this gibbering madman is raving about. Perhaps this is a poor translation, but after the first ten pages even individual sentences are meaningless and syntactically ambiguous. I re-read paragraphs, sometimes ten or twelve times, but I simply can't make any of this make any sense. I'll slog through for a couple more chapters to see if it gets any better, but I don't have much hope for this basket of word salad.
Erik Graff
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: James Koehnline
Shelves: psychology
By sophomore year in college I was beginning to think of becoming a psychotherapist and actually held two jobs at a psychiatric hospital during the year following, one setting up a treatment assessment program, the other administrating and evaluating diagnostic tests such as the MMPI. Then, later, back at Grinnell, I was trained in drug counseling a worked in the school's crisis center as well as in its draft counseling office. My real interest was in continental depth psychology, but the jobs ...more
Allyson
The English translation is problematic. Where the French is very clear, the English is cloudy with academic jargon. It was disappointing to compare the French to the English.
Peter Mcloughlin
Foucault likes to focus on societies marginalized groups to hold up a mirror to the changing ideas of what is normal or good by looking at things people have feared throughout history. The mad, criminals, the sick. By looking at how these people are treated and ideas of what is "wrong" with these people we learn what a society values and its methods of social control. I warily approached this book thinking it would be a pile of gibberish and jargon that postmodernists are notorious. However, ...more
Alan
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foucault* provides context for our dozens of American cities now arresting the homeless, from Houston to Reno. We follow the lead of London in 2014, around Marble Arch, and of New Delhi, late last year preparing for Ivanka Trump’s visit, not to trouble her with have-nots. His subtitle is Insanity in the Age of Reason. He also illustrates how the asylums built to ward off great medical threats to society, leprosy and bubonic plague, found new use in ostracizing those who violated the Work Ethic: ...more
Kathrina
Foucault's first published book, when he might have identified as a structuralist. I admit I glossed over the center chapters including the classifications of various archaic mental illnesses, but I read deeply the first two chapters discussing banishment and confinement as technologies of discipline/regularization. Pairs well with Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and Its Alternatives in Progressive America.
Randal Samstag
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural-history
This is the book that started Foucault onto his starry path. IMHO his best. My reading of this back in the sixties is heavily underlined. In those days of the Vietnam war it did seem that the "ruse and triumph" of madness had arrived, when the world must justify itself before it. The madness of Nietzsche, Van Gogh,and Artaud had much charm for us then. Today I am only able to shed a tear for Vincent.
Malini Sridharan
If foucault were alive today, I would comfort him in his old age whether he liked it or not.
Oliver Bateman
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This brilliant book, which traces the shifting European "discourse systems" about madness from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, describes the process by which measures dealing with the insane shifted from exposure (as on the "ship of fools," if such things actually existed, or by wandering the countryside) to confinement (alongside the idle poor in "hospitals" and "charity wards") to paternalistic "medical" care (by doctors who, upon realizing that there were no curative ...more
Dan
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
As the title suggests, this book is about madness and civilization. However, it does not argue that civilization is mad (for that, see Sigmund Freud ’s Civilization and Its Discontents and Norman Oliver Brown’s Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History); rather, it argues that part of the way that civilization defines itself (rational, progressive, organized) is by distinguishing itself from that which it is not, for instance madness (irrational, regressive, disordered). In ...more
Jessica
Aug 11, 2008 marked it as aborted-efforts  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crazy smart people; smart, crazy people
Recommended to Jessica by: crazy people; smart people (quelle est la différence?)
A last question remains: In the name of what can this fundamental language be regarded as a delirium? Granting that it is the truth of madness, what makes it true madness and the originating form of insanity? Why should it be in this discourse, whose forms we have seen to be so faithful to the rules of reason, that we find all those signs which will most manifestly declare the very absence of reason?

A central question, but one to which the classical age has not formulated a direct answer. We
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Feijiao Huo
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thinking about there's just a fine line between a madman and genius...
Maybe the only difference is the number of their fans. Genius significantly has more fans than madmen. Their fans follow them all way, while most mad men die lonely with a single story failed to leave. That's why Focau study madmen and then conclude something about politic and power. We all know many historical figures are like madmen. Then the question goes to how the madman write their own history.
If we focus too much on
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Florence
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madness in the 17th century was not easily defined. There was no distinction between insanity and other conditions for the imposition of confinement. Prisoners of the Hopital General were institutionalized because of poverty, inability to work, infidelity, religion, and ethical values. The definition & the many horrible treatments for hypochondria & hysteria vary throughout the centuries: Blood transfusions, bleedings, purges, cold water treatments, powdered lobster claw, baths, showers, ...more
Cameron
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of interesting ideas buried in some of the densest, most obtuse prose I have ever encountered. Foucault writes about the history of the treatment of the insane, particularly in Europe, and how mental illness has been viewed in culture. Drawing heavily on French history, he makes the case that mental illness was viewed as shameful and a sign of moral degradation, so mentally ill people were no longer considered human, but were punished for being "mad". He goes into a fairly ...more
Michele
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foucault outlines the evolution of society's definition, views, and treatments of madness from the middle ages to the 18th century. This sounds super interesting, but I found it took me a long time to get through all the specific names and cases Foucault uses and often had to puzzle out the "bigger picture" for myself to keep myself engaged with the text.

As Deleuze points out, the major fault of Foucault's work is that it doesn't bridge to the 20th and 21st century very easily. I was hoping to
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Matt
This book explores the history of madness and the care, or lack thereof of people who are mad. Throughout the book Foucault discusses the complicated factors that underline madness, and the social construction that occurred, which places madness as a category itself. Overall, I loved it. Some of it was a bit challenging to understand, and I would love to discuss this book with anyone who feels a stronger expertise in philosophy or in Foucault's works. My favorite chapter was the one focused on ...more
Andrew
There's none of the overarching brilliance of "Discipline and Punish," but it remains a valuable read. Foucault is one hell of a researcher, and this gleams with his skill. Also, I really value his general spatial awareness, especially at a time when other critical thinkers (Bloch, Lukacs, etc.) were actively anti-space. All the familiar Foucault touchstones are here-- isolation, archaeology, the failures of the Enlightenment-- and, as always, they haunt your perspectives.
Jeremy
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a bit drier and it lacks the really sharp style of Discipline and Punish, especially in the beginning, but his observations and analysis, coupled with his rigorous historical method are still just as nuanced. The interesting thing about this is that you can really see how his system of thought coalesces by the end of it and how he would go on to apply it to a broader social context.
Sayantan Dasgupta
You should be careful while reading this. Or you might miss something.
Carrie
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the part about the sewer rats eating people.
Edward
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a long and dense read, in a good way. I won't pretend that I understood all its contents, or that Foucault's reasoning and thoughts were always within my grasp. I know, too, that not all of Foucault's ideas here should be taken at face value--this is not a straightforward "history" in the normal sense of the word, but then, "madness" is not "normal" anyway. Despite these hurdles, it was a fascinating journey through a subject most of us take for granted, and from a perspective not ...more
Josh Friedlander
Reading Foucault (or listening, in the case of this audiobook read in a thick Scottish brogue; not unpleasant but quite jarring) brings to mind two thoughts. First, as a social historian and historian of science, and a very good one - there is almost certainly more here than you wanted to know about early modern treatments of madness - he looks in exactly the most crucial places for insight into modernity and modern sensibility/values. Second, as a French intellectual he can't resist preferring ...more
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