Foucault and vampires


Constantin Rauer devotes a very long foot note to Michel Foucault‘s views on the construction of a myth regarding grave robbing in the 18th Century for medical research.

My copy of the Birth of the Clinic is at work but I’d forgotten or never knew about this aspect of history.

Via a very interesting blog:

Magia Posthuma

On several occasions, particularly on the periphery of the Habsburg Empire during the 17th and 18th centuries, dead people were suspected of being revenants or vampires, and consequently dug up and destroyed. Contemporary authors named this phenomenon Magia Posthuma. This blog is dedicated to understanding what happened and why.


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