Madness and Art

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was leafing through a couple of my books on cybernetics (1) and found an article entitled Communication Between the Sane and the Insane: Hypnosis in one book (2) (posting my review here) and a chapter entitled Problems of Deranged Minds, Artists and Psychiatrists in the other. (3)   […]

Illness and Consciousness

Foucaultian Slip? We were visiting one of the relatives who is gravely ill today. Since she sleeps nearly all the time now, I brought my books along to to some reading and writing. I have been reading Foucault’s book, Madness, The Invention of an Idea, and posting my thoughts on this subject, which is very […]

Mental and Physical Illness

Organic pathology Physical ailments are much easier to recognize than mental disorders. For example, a person with the flu has a fever, aches and pains, and other recognizable signs; there are laboratory tests that can determine whether a person with a sore throat and a fever has an infection. A doctor can successfully treat the […]

Introduction to Madness

The family’s gone. So I thought I’d pick up some light reading. I frequently gravitate toward the philosophy section of the bookstore, and it was there I came upon the book Madness, The Invention of an Idea by Michel Foucault (Foulcault, M. translation: Sheridan, A.   Madness, The Invention of an Idea. New York: Harper Perennial Modern […]