Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault is just what I expected it to be: a readable work of social philosophy without any real base. Sure, it was intriguing reading about the kinds of things that go on in mental institutions, and it’s always interesting to speculate on society’s role in the dishing out of madness diagnoses, but there didn’t seem to be much originality here. I’d call it a very good A-level student essay, or a pretty poor actual work of philosophy.

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