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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I am totally obsessed with this book, I keep reading it over and over again. Using the pseudonym “Lafont” Canguilhem became active in the French Resistanceserving as a doctor in Auvergne. Stacy rated it really liked it May 01, Georges Canguilhem and the Question of Mental Gelrges.

After years of neglect, a great deal of Canguilhem’s writings have been translated into English. There are no discussion geprges on this book yet. 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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Philosopher and physician, he made the synthesis in this work which takes again its thesis of My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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. Abraham Rudnick – – Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 5: This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: It must be lost, like all innocence, so that knowledge may be possible.

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. In short a model, a hero. 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.


Canguilhem fights po Can a book change your life? He demonstrates how the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine were intertwined with political, economic, and technological imperatives. 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.

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Jeffrey Tallane rated it it was amazing Oct 03, 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 Foucault georgges, Louis Althusserand Jacques Lacan. Account Options Sign in.

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. Be the first to ask a question about The Normal and the Cagnuilhem. Find it on Scholar.

Nolan rated it it was amazing Feb 11, The Normal and the Pathological. His impact on thinkers such as Derrida, Althusser, Lacan, and particularly Foucault, are easy to trace and to “feel. 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.

The Normal and the Pathological by Georges Canguilhem

A wise, provocative book. Althusser once wrote to his English translator that ” my debt to Canguilhem is incalculable ” italics in the original, from Economy and Society 27, page Questioning on the concept of normality, he gives the patient to the center of the medical approach: This entry has no external links.


Doubled Otherness in Ethnopsychiatry. 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.

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Views Read Edit View history. Further, in the entire discussion of ideas which preceded or followed the movement of ’68it is easy to find the place of those who, from near or from afar, had been trained by Canguilhem. Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 27, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing.

Lists with This Book. It was a completed time or France had great thinkers. Civelek rated it really liked it Feb 07, He made significant contributions not just to the ad 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.

A very important book, profound, but occasionally difficult to get through. Health is a regulatory fly-wheel of the possibilities of reaction. Return to Book Page.

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