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Two Genealogies of Madness: Part Two

(Continued from here https://thebeetlebox.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/two-genealogies-of-madness-part-one/)

If our concepts of ‘madness” are socially constructed and as such don’t latch onto to an independent reality, it does indeed seem like a death knell for them. They are just fantasies, and worse than that, fantasies which were created to serve a malign social purpose- that of separation, ostracisation and false-reassurance.

This is where the above discussion of Nietzsche becomes important. The genealogy of morals succeeds in undermining the value of the “value-judgements good and evil” at least partly because Christianity cares about truth, and it cares about it’s value system being tied to some external truth about the world. But we do not need to see the conceptual framework behind the practice of psychiatry in this problematic way, as descriptive of a purely scientific phenomenon which is distinct from us and our own mode of life and flourishing .

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Respect and Adaptive Preferences

Before I started taking psychiatric patients on ‘escorted leave’, I’d never felt like I was being looked at so much by strangers.

(That’s not to say I was never looked at. Sadly I’ve had my fair share of everything from odd looks to homophobic abuse for being physically affectionate to members of the same sex in public. But for me it was nothing as isolating or pervasive as this.)

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