Ancient thinkers and the history of madness

Bettany Hughes discusses Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, while Andrew Scull talks about his new book on the cultural history of insanity.


Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes discusses three of history’s greatest philosophers: Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, who all feature in her new BBC Four TV series. Meanwhile, Professor Andrew Scull talks to us about his recent book: Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity.