By Stuart Elden
Foucault published the book best-known by the title History of Madness in 1961. It was his principal doctoral thesis, but the requirements for this were substantially greater than those of a modern PhD. As well as History of Madness, which stretched to almost 700 pages in … Read More
By Stuart Elden
On Valentine’s day 1966, Louis Althusser wrote to his translator and lover Franca Madonia, mentioning that he had met up with Georges Canguilhem, his former teacher. Canguilhem was described by Althusser as “one of our old masters, a fierce man, angry, shy and violent, who convinced himself, … Read More
Our everyday lives are increasingly intertwined with psychiatry and discussions of mental health. Yet the dominant medical discipline of psychiatry remains surrounded by controversy. Is there an ‘epidemic’ of mental ill health in contemporary societies? Is mental distress really an illness like any other, treatable by drugs? Can psychiatrists differentiate … Read More
Why we wrote the book.
By Damien Cahill and Martijn Konings
There are plenty of books on neoliberalism, so why write another one? Indeed, each of us have written plenty about neoliberalism in the past – so write add to this already massive literature?
The answer is simple – because … Read More
In 1969 Foucault published The Archaeology of Knowledge, a theoretical and methodological treatise which summarised the work he had been doing throughout the 1960s. Six years later he published Discipline and Punish, a politically-charged work of history. This period saw a major development in his work, in which … Read More