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Foucault, ‘Abnormal’: Lecture Seven, 19/02/1975 – Confessions of the Flesh

From around the 1880s and 1890s sexual abnormality was seen as “the root, foundation, and general etiological principle of most other forms of abnormality” (168) because of the development of the notions of heredity and degeneration. These two notions will be discussed in detail in later lectures, as well as the “Society Must Be Defended”Continue reading “Foucault, ‘Abnormal’: Lecture Seven, 19/02/1975 – Confessions of the Flesh”

Foucault, ‘Abnormal’: Lecture Six, 12/02/1975 – Instincts and the Abnormal

With the Henriette Cornier case psychiatry, jurisprudence and penal practice discovered the notion of the instincts, and this notion over times moved from being one utilised in exceptional circumstances (the crime without reason) to a foundational concept for psychiatry. This massive change took place, according to Foucault, through three processes, “all of which involve theContinue reading “Foucault, ‘Abnormal’: Lecture Six, 12/02/1975 – Instincts and the Abnormal”

Foucault, ‘Abnormal’: Lecture Five, 05/02/1975 – The Crime Without Reason

As in many of these lectures, Foucault opens his discussion with a question: why did the figure of the monster recede in importance for criminal psychiatry compared to the figure of the abnormal? Two central concepts which facilitate this transition are the topics Foucault will focus on in this lecture: the ‘crime without reason’ andContinue reading “Foucault, ‘Abnormal’: Lecture Five, 05/02/1975 – The Crime Without Reason”

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