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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Refresh andd try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Normal and the Pathological by Georges Canguilhem cqnguilhem. The Normal and the Pathological is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century. It takes as its starting point the sudden appearance of biology as a science thhe the 19th-century and examines the conditions determining its particular makeup.
Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and disease were geogres in the early The Normal and the Pathological is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century.
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 norma scientific concepts. He demonstrates how the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine were intertwined with political, economic, and technological imperatives. 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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Feb 27, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing. Can a book change your life? I read it at the high school on the hte of my professor of philosophy. At this time, I hesitated between medicine and philosophy.
The little red book. Canguilhem, resistant to the Nazi, physician and philosopher. In short a model, a hero. He has given the aggregation of philosophy to Foucault.
It was a completed time or France had great thinkers. Philosopher and physician, he made the synthesis in this work which takes again its thesis of Canguilhem fights po Can a book change your life? Canguilhem fights positivism very present in medicine as in Claude Bernard for example.
For him, the pathological status is defined like a quantitative variation compared to the normality. For Canguilhem, the disease is perceived qualitatively by the patient. Pathological status must be defined both quanttatively and qualiatively. Questioning on the concept of normality, he gives the patient to the center of the medical approach: Jul 02, David M rated it it was amazing.
A wise, provocative book. It must be lost, like all innocence, so that knowledge may be possible. But to fail to admit from a biological point of view, life differentiates between its states means condemning oneself to be even unable to distinguish food from excrement. Certainly a living being’s excrement can be food for another living being but not for him.
What distinguishes A wise, provocative book.
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What distinguishes food from excrement is not a physicochemical reality but a biological value. Likewise, what distinguishes the physiological from the pathological is not a physicochemical objective reality but a biological value.
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.
Similarly no one is healthy who is aware of being so 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.
View all 8 comments. Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am totally obsessed with this book, I keep reading it over and over again.
Dec 28, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: A very important book, profound, but occasionally difficult to get through. 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.
Point being, there are long passages of medical detail that are impenetrable and uninteresting to someone coming at this from a philosophical or history of science angle. What is most interesting is A very important book, profound, but occasionally difficult to get through. 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.
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.
His impact on thinkers such as Derrida, Althusser, Lacan, and particularly Foucault, are easy to trace and to “feel. A fine set of poles to connect. Happy to have corrected that omission. Quando il sapere filosofico si unisce alla pratica medica Recomiendo leerlo con cuidado y sin muchas distracciones, es todo un reto.
Sep 30, Marco Pontual rated it it was ok. Jun 05, Jake rated it it was amazing. As there is a psychological assurance which is not presumption, there is a biological assurance which is not excess, which is health.
Health is a regulatory fly-wheel of the possibilities of reaction. Life is usually just this side of its possibilities, but when necessary is shows itself above its anticipated capacity 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 To be in good health means being able to fall sick and recover, it is a biological luxury.
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