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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

Key insights from Michel Foucault's

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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Length: 8 minutes
The evolution of Western attitudes on mental illness, sanity, and morality.

The history of madness is relevant to contemporary discussions about many societal issues, including criminality, incarceration, power dynamics, and societal evolution. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how Western definitions of insanity have changed throughout human history, from the Middle Ages into the 20th century. In addition, you’ll explore how changing conceptions of madness illustrate shifting collective fears and the human desire for power.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the history of society’s views on mental illness
  • Want to know how the definition of madness has changed over time
  • Are curious about how discussions of madness intersect with religion, politics, and power
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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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Book Information

Key insights from Michel Foucault's

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

Ratings:
Length: 8 minutes
The evolution of Western attitudes on mental illness, sanity, and morality.

The history of madness is relevant to contemporary discussions about many societal issues, including criminality, incarceration, power dynamics, and societal evolution. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how Western definitions of insanity have changed throughout human history, from the Middle Ages into the 20th century. In addition, you’ll explore how changing conceptions of madness illustrate shifting collective fears and the human desire for power.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the history of society’s views on mental illness
  • Want to know how the definition of madness has changed over time
  • Are curious about how discussions of madness intersect with religion, politics, and power
What is a Snapshot?Learn More