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 made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, gsorges is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Among them are a collection of essays entitled A Vital Rationalist and his most celebrated work, The Normal and the Pathological. After years of neglect, a great deal of Canguilhem’s writings have been translated into English.

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


It takes as its starting point the sudden appearance of biology as a science in the 19th-century and examines the conditions determining its particular makeup. A Normative Analysis of Nursing Knowledge.

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The Normal and the Pathological by Georges Canguilhem

Sign in to use this feature. He has given the aggregation of philosophy to Foucault. Autopoiesis, Adaptivity, Teleology, Agency. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: The Study of the Regenesis of Mind in the 21st Century.

Questioning on the concept of normality, he gives the patient to the center of the medical approach: Refresh and try again. Di Paolo – – Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 4 4: Similarly no one is healthy who is aware of norml so Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


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Beyond his writing, Canguilhem was incredibly influential in the second half of the 20th century in France through his institutional positions as Inspector General and, later, President of the Jury d’Agregation in Philosophy. Abraham Rudnick – – Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 5: Further, in the entire discussion of ideas which preceded or followed the movement of ’68noraml is easy to find the place of those who, from near or from afar, had been trained by Canguilhem.


Life is usually just this side of its possibilities, but when necessary is shows itself above its anticipated capacity Thanks for telling us about the problem. Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kristien rated it it was amazing Oct 03, He demonstrates how the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine were intertwined with political, economic, and technological imperatives.

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Published October 28th by Zone Books first thf Philosopher and physician, he made the synthesis in this work which takes again its thesis of History of Western Philosophy. Jun 05, Jake rated it it was amazing.

More than just a great theoretician, Canguilhem was one of the few philosophers of the 20th century to develop an approach that was shaped by a medical education.