Madness and Civilization

  • by Michel Foucault
  • Narrated by Dave Gillies
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows once and for all why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. Madness and Civilization, Foucault's first book and his finest accomplishment, will change the way in which you think about society. Evoking shock, pity, and fascination, it might also make you question the way you think about yourself.

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What the Critics Say

"Superb scholarship rendered with artistry." (The Nation)

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A complex and difficult listen, but one worth the effort

This work is translated from French to English and is read in what I believe is a Scottish accent. This combination of factors may account for some of the complexity encountered in comprehending certain passages and understanding the sometimes circuitous reasoning the author pens while making his more subtle philosophical points. That having been said, the readers accent marries well with the remarkably lyrical prose. The book has also provided a novel conceptualization of its topic that I had not yet encountered in my reading
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- Timothy

Classic study; distracting narrator

If you could sum up Madness and Civilization in three words, what would they be?

Madness = social control


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dave Gillies?

Gillies was not the right choice for this narration. The problem is not his Scottish accent; it's his ponderous style. Foucault's themes are heavy and his mode of exposition is intricate, but stylistically he is light on his feet, like a dancer or a featherweight boxer. This quality of his writing and thinking is completely lost in Gillies' rendition.


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- Melissa S. Williams

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio