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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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Canguilhem, for his renown as a philosopher, originally trained as a physician and wrote his thesis, which forms the first section of this volume, at the completion of his medical doctorate from the University of Strasbourg.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Victoria Margree – – Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 9 4: For him, the pathological status is defined like a quantitative variation compared to the normality. To be in good health means being able to fall sick and recover, it is a biological luxury.

Althusser once wrote to his English translator that ” my debt to Canguilhem is incalculable ” italics nirmal the original, from Economy and Society 27, page 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.


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David Benbow rated it really liked it May 08, 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 Geotges wise, provocative book. Happy to have corrected that omission.

This entry has no external links. The Normal and the Pathological is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century. Rebecca Guy rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Feb 27, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing. It must be lost, like all innocence, so that knowledge may be possible.

His work focused on the one hand on the concepts of “normal” and “pathological” and, canguilehm the other, a canbuilhem history of the formation of concepts such as “reflex” in the history of science.

Grant Andersen rated it liked it Aug 14, He has given the aggregation of philosophy to Foucault. Alexandre Couto de Andrade rated it really liked it Apr 08, In short a model, a hero. What distinguishes food from excrement is not a physicochemical reality but a biological value.

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 gsorges of human thought.


Open Preview See a Problem? Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in Doubled Otherness in Ethnopsychiatry. Lists with This Book.

Nolan rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Retrieved from ” https: Want to Read saving…. 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 of 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.

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