Foucault vs. Scull. Again

Once more Andrew Scull has decided to take on Foucault’s History of Madness, this time in the French monthly Books. As I am not a subscriber I can’t see the whole article (“Twilight of an idol”), but it is summarized here.

Scull again accuses Foucault’s work of being “superficial and dated” and again claims that because he was in “intellectual exile” in Sweden at the time he wrote it that he didn’t have access to the proper documents and archives. If these claims sound familiar it’s because they were made already by Scull in the TLS. Colin Gordon already wrote a long rebuttal that you can see here.

I don’t know if Gordon has a response to Scull in this month’s Books, but their website does have an audio extract from Paul Veyne’s biography of Foucault. Veyne was a friend and colleague of Foucault.

3 Responses

  1. This is Scull’s previous TLS piece translated, plus TLS correspondence and my letter, taken (minus notes) from your site, without acknowledgement.

    Their editor’s comments indicate he is enamoured of Scull’s views. I am not hearing that all Paris is talking about this.

  2. Unfortunately, i dont know the critics of Scull. But it´s very strange do not mention the Biblioteque donated by Eric Waller at Uppsala. Did this Biblioteque hasn´t enough texts about the subject?

    Maybe Waller did not loved english documents, who knows… (something is going wrong here)

  3. Unfortunately, i dont know the first critic writed by Scull. But it´s very strange do not mention the Biblioteque donated by Eric Waller at Uppsala. Did this Biblioteque hasn´t enough texts about the subject?

    Maybe Waller did not loved english documents, who knows… (something is going wrong here)

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