Notes On Michel Foucault: Madness and Civilization

25 10 2007

I am currently reading books on and by Michel Foucault and thus I will be posting some comments, excerpts from his work and ideas related to Foucault. Here is an excerpt from Madness and Civilization that caught my eye.

“[U]nder observation madness .. is just by its acts. Madness no longer exists except as seen. The proximity instituted by the asylum, an intimacy neither chains nor bars would ever violate again, does not allow reciprocity, only the nearness of observation that watches, that spies, that comes closer in order to see better.”

(Michel Foucault Madness and Civilization Page 250)