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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There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death.

Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Bioethics and Biopolitics. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Continental philosophy French rationalism French historical epistemology [2] Anti-positivism. Alexandre Couto de Andrade rated it really liked it Apr 08, Le Normal et la pathologique is an extended exploration into the nature and meaning of normality in medicine and biology, the production and institutionalization of medical knowledge.

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But it is in the rage of guilt as in the clamor of suffering that innocence and health arise as the terms of a regression as impossible as it is sought after. Jeffrey Tallane rated it it was amazing Oct 03, Victoria Margree – – Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 9 4: He helped define a method of studying the history of science which was practical and rigorous.


I am totally obsessed with this book, I keep reading it over and over again. As there is a psychological assurance which is not presumption, there is a biological assurance which is not excess, which is health. His work focused on the one hand on the concepts of “normal” and “pathological” and, on the other, a critical history of the formation of concepts such as “reflex” in the history of science.

Loyse rated it it was amazing Aug 05, A Feminist Materialist Disability Concept. Using the pseudonym “Lafont” Canguilhem became active in the French Resistanceserving as a doctor in Auvergne. At this time, I hesitated between medicine and philosophy. Rebecca Guy rated it it was amazing Jul 30, He furthered and altered these critiques in a later book, Ideology and Rationality in the History of the Life Sciences.

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 being objective scientific concepts.


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To be in good health means being able to fall sick and recover, it is a biol “Health is a set of securities and assurances The Normal and Pathological: 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Seven years later, he was named a professor at the Sorbonne and succeeded Gaston Bachelard as the director of the Institut d’histoire des sciences, a post cnguilhem occupied untilat which time he undertook an active emeritus career.

Dec 28, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: After years of neglect, a great deal of Canguilhem’s writings have been translated into English. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat What is most interesting is the assault on the perception of life sciences, the investigation of how they are framed and feorges 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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The Return of Vitalism: 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 It must be lost, like all innocence, so that knowledge may be possible. Abraham Rudnick – – Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 5: Account Options Sign in. What is most interesting is A very important book, profound, but occasionally difficult to get through.