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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No trivia or quizzes yet. Alexandre Couto de Andrade rated it really liked it Apr 08, 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.

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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. The Normal and Pathological: Foucault’s initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time.

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. Published October 28th by Zone Books first published Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and disease were defined in the early The Normal and the Pathological is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century.


For Canguilhem, the disease is perceived qualitatively by the patient. His impact on thinkers such as Derrida, Althusser, Lacan, and particularly Foucault, are easy to trace and to “feel.

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David Benbow rated it really liked it May 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. Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

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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. Nodmal years of neglect, a great deal of Canguilhem’s writings have been translated into English.


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Angela rated it really liked it Nov 23, Nolan rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Barbanel – – Journal of Symbolic Logic 51 3: Paperbackpages. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: Stacy rated it really liked it May 01, As there is a psychological assurance which is not presumption, there is a biological assurance which is not excess, which is health. Trivia About The Normal and th Lists with This Book.

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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 Autopoiesis, Adaptivity, Teleology, Agency.

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Science Logic and Mathematics. Canguilhem analyzes the radically georgess 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. It is appropriate to contrast to the overly exploited Socratic maxim no knowing man is evil, the opposite maxim that no one is good who is aware of being so.

He helped define a method of studying the history of science which was practical and rigorous. Quando il sapere filosofico si unisce alla pratica medica Refresh and try again.