Filosofie van de waanzin

Original title: Philosophy of Madness

Author: Kusters, Wouter

Publication Date:

January 2014

Pages:

758

Original language and publisher

Dutch | Lemniscaat

Territories Handled

World excl. Dutch & World English

Territories Sold

World English (MIT PRESS)
China (Ginkgo Book Co., Ltd.)

Genre

Philosophy

Filosofie van de waanzin

Original title: Philosophy of Madness

Author: Kusters, Wouter

Synopsis

‘Highly original.’ – Judges’ report, Dutch Philosophy Award 2015

‘It has scarcely a counterpart in world literature.’ – De Morgen ****

‘Powerful, intelligent and challenging.’ – de Volkskrant *****

A book filled with fundamental and transgressive insights into madness.

This work is an ambitious elaboration and in-depth exploration of themes reminiscent of Charles Taylor’s Sources of the Self. It is an emancipatory and erudite book about the most diverse experiences of madness: from Nietzsche’s ‘madman’ and the crazed dancer Nijinsky, to the local lunatic.

Wouter Kusters has experienced a psychotic episode on two occasions himself and knows what he is writing about: philosophy can pass imperceptibly into madness. And conversely, moments of madness can produce the most brilliant philosophy.

Marketing Information

  • 6,000 copies sold
  • Winner of the Dutch philosophy award The Socrates Cup 2015
  • English translation available

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