Galskabens Historie - Et studie i Foucault og galskab

Morten Steffens, Janus Rønbach & Jeppe Madsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract The following project examines the French philosopher Michel Foucault's first major work Madness and Civilization in the classical age. The project aims to understand the relationship between subject and power, and in turn the conception of madness. The project's analysis examines the three periods that Madness and Civilization concerns. It’s the intention to identify the factors that have influenced the conceptualization and experience of madness. By involving the methodical and theoretical framework from Foucault's work Archaeology of Knowledge, we seek to analyze how preconceptuel rules influence the experience of madness. By extension, we examine the relationship between subject and power associated with the enunciative modality in which a given knowledge base determines the subject of action. This leads on to a discussion of Foucault, with respectively, Derrida, Hacking and Reznek, who each discuss Foucault's work. The discussion deals with how to understand Foucault, in relation to social constructivism, relativism and positivism. In this respect we show how knowledge in a Foucauldian perspective influences our social practices such as psychiatry and thereby the conceptual conditions for how we can perceive madness.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereFinn Guldmann


  • Galskab
  • Psycopathology
  • Madness
  • Foucault