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Author: Michel Foucault

Year: 1989

Title: Madness and Civilization

Publisher: Routledge

Place: London and New York

Edition: 2001 Classics

Reader: Mr. M.D. Pienaar


"What madness is is a form of vision that destroys itself by its own choice of oblivion in the face of existing forms of social tactics and strategy. Madness, for instance, is a matter of voicing the realization that I am (or you are) Christ."[1]

"The Greeks had a relation to something that they called υβρις. This relation was not merely one of condemnation; the existence of Thrasymachus or of Callicles suffices to prove it, even if their language has reached us already enveloped in the reassuring dialectic of Socrates. But the Greek Logos had no contrary."[2]

List of references

FOUCAULT, M.  1989.  Madness and civilization.  (London and New York: Routledge, 2001 Classic edition)

Cooper, D.  2001.  Introduction.  (In FOUCAULT, M.  1989.  Madness and civilization, pp.vii-ix. (London and New York: Routledge, 2001 Classic edition)

[1] Cooper, D. 2001. Introduction, vii.

[2] FOUCAULT, M. 1989. Madness and civilization, xii-xiii.