I’m on Chapter III, Part II of Foucault’s History of Madness (aka Folie et Déraison). While his atypically and almost hilariously structuralist views on madness and its transformation from the divine to the feared raise questions and elucidate his points cleverly, his almost militant declaration of the confinement era’s reliance on hospitals as the methodology for controlling the appearance of the mad raises some concerns. For one, the hospital movement in post-Classical Age France was one that was figuring medicine out, that is to day that they were pursuing ways to make confinement an “open-idealized being” whereby the infirm could experience recovery through what might be termed a “becoming-physician” through their own self-realized healing. This would force the mad to once again face the prospect that there are noumena they had avoided, which could give a reason for a deepening psychosis in the face of the “divine realization” that characterized the first stage of madness’ declaration (cf. History of Madness, part I).
Now I’m really getting into Derrida’s mind a bit more and see how this book ruined their friendship.