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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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 georgrs.


History and geotges of sciencehistorical epistemologyphilosophy of biologyphilosophy of medicine. Dec 28, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: A Feminist Materialist Disability Concept. Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loyse rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Canguilhem, resistant to the Nazi, physician and philosopher.

View all 8 comments. French Toast-man rated it really liked it Nov 03, Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and disease were defined in the early 19th-century, showing that canguulhem emerging categories of the normal and the pathological were far from being objective scientific concepts.

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More than just a great theoretician, Canguilhem was one of the few philosophers of the 20th century to develop camguilhem approach that was shaped by a medical education. Canguilhem fights po Can a book change your life? Sep 30, Marco Pontual rated it it was ok. Canguilhem fights positivism very present in medicine as in Claude Bernard for example. To see what your friends thought canguihlem this book, please sign up. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault’s interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history.


For Canguilhem, the disease is perceived qualitatively by the patient. What is most interesting is the assault on the perception of life sciences, the investigation of how they are 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.

Nolan rated it it was amazing Feb 11, After years of neglect, a great deal of Canguilhem’s writings have been translated into English. Francesco Ranieri rated it really liked it Aug 21, Barbanel – – Journal of Symbolic Logic 51 3: Stacy rated it really liked it May 01, The Normal and the Pathological by Georges Canguilhem.

Take away Canguilhem and you will no longer understand much about Althusser, Althusserism and a whole series of discussions which have taken place among French Marxists; you will no longer grasp what is specific to sociologists such as BourdieuCastelPasseron patholpgical what marks them so strongly within sociology ; you will miss an entire aspect of the theoretical work done by psychoanalystsparticularly by the followers of Znd.

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 Return to Book Page.

Using the pseudonym “Lafont” Canguilhem became active in the French Resistancehhe as a doctor in Auvergne. Recomiendo leerlo con cuidado y sin muchas distracciones, es todo un reto. Morton Prince – – New York: Feb 27, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing.

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Canguilhem, for his renown as a philosopher, originally trained as a physician and wrote his thesis, which forms the first section of this volume, at the completion of his medical doctorate from the University of Strasbourg.


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At this time, I hesitated between medicine and philosophy. Want to Read saving…. A wise, provocative book.

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Georges Canguilhem and the Question of Mental Pathology. Victoria Margree – – Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 9 4: Civelek rated it really liked it Feb 07, Pathological status must be defined both quanttatively and qualiatively. La Connaissance de la vie is an extended study of the specificity of biology as a science, the historical and conceptual significance of vitalismand the possibility of conceiving organisms not on the basis of mechanical and technical models that would reduce the organism to a machine, but rather on the basis of the organism’s relation to the milieu in which it lives, its successful survival in this milieu, and its status as something greater than “the sum of its parts.

Zone Books- Philosophy – pages. Paghological page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Jun 05, Jake rated it it was amazing. Views Read Edit View history. This article has no associated abstract. The Normal and Pathological: He helped define a method of studying the history of science which was practical and rigorous.