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Canguilhem

Author: Stuart Elden
Publisher: Medford, MA : Polity, 2019.
Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Georges Canguilhem (1904-95) was an influential historian and philosopher of science, as renowned for his teaching as for his writings. He is best known for his book The Normal and the Pathological, originally his doctoral thesis in medicine, but he also wrote a thesis in philosophy on the concept of the reflex, supervised by Gaston Bachelard. He was the sponsor of Michel Foucault's doctoral thesis on madness.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Elden, Stuart, 1971-
Canguilhem.
Medford, MA : Polity, 2019
(DLC) 2018037564
Named Person: Georges Canguilhem; Georges Canguilhem
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Elden
ISBN: 9781509528813 1509528814 9781509528790 1509528792
OCLC Number: 1075528109
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Foundations --
The normal and the pathological --
Philosophy of biology --
Physiology and the reflex --
Regulation and psychology --
Evolution and monstrosity --
Philosophy of history --
Writings on medicine --
Legacies.
Series Title: Key Contemporary Thinkers Ser.
Responsibility: Stuart Elden.

Abstract:

Georges Canguilhem (1904-95) was an influential historian and philosopher of science, as renowned for his teaching as for his writings. He is best known for his book The Normal and the Pathological, originally his doctoral thesis in medicine, but he also wrote a thesis in philosophy on the concept of the reflex, supervised by Gaston Bachelard. He was the sponsor of Michel Foucault's doctoral thesis on madness. However, his work extends far beyond what is suggested by his association with these thinkers. Canguilhem also produced a series of important works on the natural sciences, including studies of evolution, psychology, vitalism and mechanism, experimentation, monstrosity and disease. Stuart Elden discusses the whole of this important thinker's complex work, including recently rediscovered texts and archival materials. Canguilhem always approached questions historically, examining how it was that we came to a significant moment in time, outlining tensions, detours and paths not taken. The first comprehensive study in English, this book is a crucial guide for those coming to terms with Canguilhem's important contributions, and will appeal to researchers and students from a range of fields.

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