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History has been and will continue to be an important part of society Frederick Jackson Turner once said Each age tries to form its own conception of the past Each age writes the history of the past anew with references to the conditions uppermost in its own times New Today our culture views some events as significant and others that have impacted society just as much oftentimes do not receive as much credit The Discourse on Language by Michel Foucault encompasses reasons our society tends to exclude certain issues Among these oppositions are the principles of reason and madness During the middle ages the mad mans words were either considered null and void or were taken as words implying hidden truth or meaning revealing things that the wise could not retrieve Foucault 217 As Society has progressed our ability to accept advise from the mad has increased yet the release of information is frequently controlled Foucault states We have only to bear all this in mind to suspect that the old division is just as active as ever Foucault 217 Thus society still fosters a mild prejudice towards the insane but are conversely developing ways to accept the convoluted truths stated through madmen The life and work of Sigmund Freud is a perfect example of this principle Due to his peculiar ways many people were indifferent to his theories during his lifetime Freud stated ideas and opinions which many other scholars were too timid to bring to the publics attention one example being his constant psychoanalytic obsession with sex Freuds theories were interpreted as direct incitements to surrendering all restraint to reverting to a state of primitive license and savagery yet he continued to introduce beneficial writing and ideas into the scientific community Jones 299 His psychoanalytic theory which explains personality and mental disorders through the unconscious determination of behavior shed a new light on psychologists view of observation However
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