by MICHEL FOUCAULT Everyone knows that in France there are few logicians but many historians of science; and that in the ‘philosophical establishment’. Georges Canguilhem was a French philosopher and physician who specialized in Likewise, Foucault, in his introduction to Canguilhem’s The Normal and the Pathological, wrote: Take away Canguilhem and you will no longer understand. The Normal and the Pathological has ratings and 9 reviews. Philippe said: Can a book change your life? I read it at the high school on the advices of.

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He furthered and altered these critiques in a later book, Ideology and Rationality in the History of the Life Sciences. Loyse rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Trivia About The Normal and th Canguilhem was an important influence on the thought of Michel Foucault and Louis Althusser, in particular for the way in which he poses the problem of how new domains of knowledge come into being and how they are part of a discontinuous history of human thought. Stacy rated it really liked it May 01, Canguilhem, Bergson and the Project of Biophilosophy.

Sep 30, Marco Pontual rated it it was ok. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness.

Health is a regulatory fly-wheel of the possibilities of reaction. Economic Models of Pathological Gambling. Alexandre Couto de Andrade rated it really liked it Apr 08, Similarly no one is healthy who is aware of being so This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Sebastian Rand – – Continental Philosophy Review 44 4: He took up a post at the Clermont-Ferrand based University of Strasbourg inand received his medical doctorate inin the middle of World War II. This page was last edited on 1 Canguillhemat Further, canguilhwm the entire discussion of ideas which preceded or followed the movement of ’68it is easy to find the place of those who, from near or from afar, had been trained by Canguilhem.


Views Read Edit View history. Zone Books- Philosophy – pages. Published October 28th by Zone Books first published Kristien rated it it was amazing Oct 03, This article has no associated abstract. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Pathological status must be defined both quanttatively and qualiatively. But to fail to admit from a biological point of view, life differentiates between its states means condemning oneself to be even unable to distinguish food from excrement.

A wise, provocative book.

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Autopoiesis, Adaptivity, Teleology, Agency. This belief did not prevent him from being regarded with considerable affection by the generation of intellectuals that tye to the fore in the s, including Jacques DerridaMichel FoucaultLouis Althusserand Jacques Lacan. To ask other readers questions about The Normal and the Pathologicalplease sign up. For him, the pathological status is defined like a quantitative variation compared to the normality.


Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and disease were defined in the early 19th-century, showing that the emerging categories of the normal and the pathological were far from noral objective scientific concepts. Abraham Rudnick – – Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 5: Victoria Margree – – Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 9 4: The Case for Conserving Disability.

Jeffrey Tallane rated it it was amazing Oct 03, A fine set of poles to connect. Derrida recalled that Canguilhem advised him early in his career that he would have to distinguish himself as a serious scholar before he could exhibit professionally the particular philosophical sense of humour for which he is at turns famous and notorious, advice which Derrida seemed to have taken in earnest.

La Connaissance de la vie is an extended study of the specificity of biology as a science, the historical and conceptual significance of vitalismand the possibility patholgoical conceiving organisms not on the basis of mechanical and technical models that would reduce the organism to a machine, but rather on the basis of the organism’s relation to the milieu in which it lives, its successful survival in this milieu, and its status as something greater than “the sum of its parts.


The Normal and the Pathological. Morton Prince – – New York: Lists with This Book. The Normal and the Pathological is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century.

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It is still a seminal work in medical anthropology and the history of ideas, and is widely influential in part thanks to Canguilhem’s influence on Michel Foucault. What is most interesting is the assault on the perception of life sciences, the investigation of how they are framed and frame themselves, teasing their conclusions into various threads – the normal, norms, normativity, error, health, disease, physiology – and using this analysis to challenge noral self-conception.

Canguilhem was originally hostile to the ideas of Henri Bergson and vitalism but was later pathologicxl by them and developed his own “idiosyncratic brand of vitalism.

Zane Jakobsone rated it liked it Apr 17, Georges Canguilhem and the Question of Mental Pathology. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: Account Options Sign in. Among them are a collection of essays entitled A Vital Rationalist and his most celebrated work, The Normal and the Pathological. It was a completed time or France had great thinkers.

Canguilhem’s principal work in philosophy of science is presented in two books, Le Normal et le pathologiquefirst published in and then expanded inand La Connaissance de la vie A Feminist Materialist Disability Concept.

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