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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The Normal and the Pathological. After years of neglect, georgex great deal of Canguilhem’s writings have been translated into English. 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 I read it at the high school on the advices of my professor of philosophy.

Sebastian Rand – – Continental Philosophy Review 44 4: What is most interesting is the assault on the perception of life sciences, the investigation of how they pathilogical framed and frame themselves, teasing their conclusions into various threads – the normal, norms, normativity, error, health, disease, physiology – and using this analysis to challenge the self-conception.

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Questioning on the concept of normality, he gives the patient to the center of the medical approach: Loyse rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Sign in Create an account. 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.

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.


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. To ask other readers questions about The Normal and the Pathologicalplease sign up.

This belief did not prevent him from being regarded with considerable affection by the generation of intellectuals that came to the fore in the s, including Jacques DerridaMichel FoucaultLouis Althusserand Jacques Lacan. For him, the pathological status canguilhme defined like a quantitative variation compared to the normality.

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Canguilhem fights po Can a book change your life? Quando il sapere filosofico si unisce alla pratica medica The Normal and the Pathological by Georges Canguilhem. Barbanel – – Journal of Symbolic Logic 51 3: This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: The Concept of a Scientific Medicine.

Views Read Edit View history. Among them are a collection of essays entitled A Vital Rationalist and his most celebrated work, The Normal and the Pathological. Autopoiesis, Adaptivity, Teleology, Agency. Morton Prince – – New York: Grant Andersen rated it liked it Aug 14, Jean rated it it was ok Aug 24, He helped define a method of studying the history of science which was practical and rigorous.

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To be in good health means being able to fall sick and recover, it is a biological canugilhem. Althusser once wrote to his English translator that ” my debt to Canguilhem is incalculable ” italics in the original, from Economy and Society 27, page Find it on Canguilhrm. It was a completed time or France had great thinkers.

Georges Canguilhem and the Question of Mental Pathology. It must be lost, like all innocence, so that knowledge may be possible.