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What is Madness? by Darian Leader
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What is Madness?

by Darian Leader

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"Gone," he writes in this important new book on madness, "is the idea of a complex psychic causality or even of an interior life." An "ethical reversal" based on an illusion – the belief that internal life can be objectively measured – has usurped the role of sensitivity to human speech. Today, as people are increasingly seen as resources to be bought and sold on the market, the individual is being emptied of her or his unconscious mental life.
 
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Madness, in our culture, is defined by visibility. From the popular press to TV soaps and films, the depiction of madness is always extreme: violent outbursts, fits, hallucinations.

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