Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versión impresa ISSN 0102-311X
PEREIRA NETO, André de Faria. Foucault, Derrida, and the history of madness: notes on a controversy. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, n.3, pp. 367-641. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000300022.
The publication of the book Folie et Déraison. Histoire de la Folie à l'âge Classique (1961), by Michel Foucault, sparked a debate between the author and philosopher Jacques Derrida during the 1960s and 70s. Derrida criticized the methodological proposal and organization of the History of Madness presented by Foucault in the foreword to the first edition. The controversy appears to have motivated the author to withdraw this same foreword from the second edition. The purpose of this article is to analyze some current points in this controversy. It also presents a research agenda for an understanding of the reasons leading Foucault to take this stance.
Palabras llave : Mental Health; Philosophy; History of Science.