Coimbra University Press

Mestres da Verdade Invisível (“Masters of the Invisible Truth in the Archive of Portuguese Forensic Psychiatry”)

Mestres da Verdad Invisível

Author: Luís Quintais
Language: Portuguese
ISBN: 978-989-26-0306-3
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0584-5
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14195/978-989-26-0584-5
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Edition: 1.st
Date: December 2012
Price: 11,00 €
Size: 230 mm x 160 mm
N.º Pages: 206


This study results from research in the archive of Portuguese forensic psychiatry at the turn of the 19th century and aims to analyse the emergence and consolidation of forensic psychiatric practices in Portugal. It shows that the anthropological inflection, one of the most important properties of responsibility attribution systems, was a product of a new epistemological and legal system designed to effectively bring together law and psychiatry. The study is based on a methodological strategy inspired by the archaeological-genealogical perspective of Michel Foucault. It offers an original contribution to the Euro-American history of biomedical and forensic practices and the contribution of biopolitical modernity.