Phi Beta Cons

And Another Thing

So Madness and Civilization has been around for, oh, forty years in its full, original French form. Now, have there been no French or French-speaking scholars in these quatre décennies that could have possibly appraised the rest of the world that “Folie et déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique” in fact contained errors? No? I’ve not read the text, but over years I have seen it referenced and discussed in countless works of history and literary criticism – and, outside of clearly ideologically-driven critiques, not one provided even a glimmer of suspicion about its findings. How’s that?

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