Normative medicine is a new approach to health and disease based on Canguilhem’s philosophy: The normal and the pathological. In the past, disease was. 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 is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century. It takes as its starting point the sudden.

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A Philosopher of Error: Canguilhem, who is at once close to and far from Nietzsche, would say perhaps that on the enormous calendar of life, it is the most recent error; he would say that the true-false division and the value tje truth constitute the most singular way of living which could have been invented by a life which, from its furthermost origin, carried the eventuality of error within itself.

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Zane Jakobsone rated it liked it Apr 17, Canguilhem was originally hostile to the ideas of Henri Bergson and vitalism but was nor,al influenced by them and developed his own “idiosyncratic brand of vitalism.

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The Normal and the Pathological by Georges Canguilhem

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Meera rated it it was amazing Canguiphem 02, However, he was also trained in philosophy and very explicitly uses numerous philosophers to bring across his point and therefore quite obviously hints at his writings usage in the social sciences.


Likewise, what distinguishes the physiological from the pathological is not a physicochemical objective reality but a biological value. With this procedure we are yielding to a demand of philosophical thought to reopen rather than close problems.


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 In the final analysis, would it not be appropriate to say that the pathological can be distinguished as such, that is, as an alteration of the normal state, only at the level of organic totality, and when it concerns man, at the level of conscious individual totality, where disease becomes a kind of evil?

I mean that it is in starting from error that he poses philosophical problems, I should say, the philosophical problem of truth and life. 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.

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teh History and philosophy of sciencehistorical epistemologyphilosophy of biologyphilosophy of medicine. And from then on it was one of patnological stakes of philosophical discussions: This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the enormous calendar of life, truth is the most recent error ii.

French Toast-man rated it really liked it Nov 03, Canguilhem, Bergson and the Project of Biophilosophy. Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and norkal 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.


Reason the despotic enlightenment. The reason is that as a matter of fact well-being is not felt, for it is the simple awareness of living, and only its impediment provokes the force of resistance. And this work al- xnd involves two objectives which in fact, cannot be dissociated and which incessantly echo one another: At this time, I hesitated between medicine and philosophy.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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. Canguilhem was a medical doctor, who writes quite scientifically though not difficultly.

Althusser once wrote to his English translator that ” my debt to Canguilhem is incalculable ” italics in the original, from Economy and Society 27, page