First point: Deligny claims to take a position, and this is a guerrilla position: the asylum struggle. This struggle, for its suppression or its reform, appears, however, constantly caught in a trap: the discourse of the norm. How best to normalize the mentally ill? The idea of the norm refers to a given conception of man, of what it means to be a man. But it is not man that Deligny is interested in –it is, as we shall see, the human. It is then a matter of seeking not a philosophy, nor a conception, nor a theory, but a practice: a practice that does not allow itself to be understood by a code, that does not seek to interpret what is done by the so-called abnormal children.