The Praise of Folly - Chapters 18 - 23 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 18 - 23 Summary and Analysis

Chapters 18 through 22 handle another potential refutation. Many argue that to be insane or mad means that one is wretched or to be pitied. But, Folly replies, there are many sorts of madness, one sort of which is benevolent. The benevolent sort of madness is noted by men of wisdom like Horace, Cicero and others.

Further, there are benevolent forms of madness that bring pleasure without harm. Examples include those who become crazy in order to hunt or build or engage in alchemy. There are also gamblers who are often insane in a way that harms no one, unless the Furies control them. Third, many crazy people tell horrible stories and listen to them, but this is harmless as well.

Further, many believe in the powers of charms and intercessions to the saints, but that is harmless as well. These...

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