Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the Collège de France, by Michel Foucault

By Michel Foucault

During this new addition to the Collège de France Lecture sequence Michel Foucault explores the delivery of psychiatry, studying Western society's department of 'mad' and 'sane' and the way medication and legislation encouraged those attitudes. This seminal new paintings by means of a number one philosopher of the fashionable age opens new vistas inside of ancient and philosophical learn.

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By Michel Foucault

During this new addition to the Collège de France Lecture sequence Michel Foucault explores the delivery of psychiatry, studying Western society's department of 'mad' and 'sane' and the way medication and legislation encouraged those attitudes. This seminal new paintings by means of a number one philosopher of the fashionable age opens new vistas inside of ancient and philosophical learn.

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In short, in this scene in which, hitherto, the truth was not involved, it is the patient’s own account that constitutes the moment when the truth blazes forth. Finally, the process of the cure is effectuated, accomplished, and sealed when truth has been acquired through confession in this way, in the effective moment of confession, and not by piecing together a medical knowledge. So there is a distribution of force, power, the event, and truth here, which is unlike anything in what could be called the medical model being constructed in clinical medicine in the same period.

9 The final stage—I skip some of the relays—is constituted by the servants, who hold a very odd power. Actually, the servant is the last relay of the network, of this difference in potential that permeates the asylum on the basis of the doctor’s power; he is therefore the power below. But he is not just below because he is at the bottom of the hierarchy; he is also below because he must be below the patient. It is not so much the supervisors above him that he must serve, but the patients themselves; but in this position he must really only pretend to serve them.

19. 20. 21. p syc h i atr i c p o we r symptômes, la nature et la mode d’action de ses causes; sa marche et ses terminaisons; les différences qui la distinguent du délire aigu; les moyens du traitement qui lui conviennent; suivies de recherches cadavériques (Paris: Crevot, 1820). -B. Baillière, 1840). See the pages devoted to moral treatment in M. Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (Paris: Gallimard, 1972), Part 3, ch. 4: “Naissance de l’asile” pp. 484-487, 492-496, 501-511, 523-527; Abridged English translation, Madness and Civilization.

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