On the Normal and the Pathological

  • Authors
  • Georges Canguilhem

Part of the Studies in the History of Modern Science book series (SHMS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Essay on Some Problems Concerning the Normal and the Pathological (1943)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 3-5
    3. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 7-8
    4. Is the Pathological State Merely a Quantitative Modification of the Normal State?

      1. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 11-16
      2. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 17-28
      3. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 29-45
      4. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 46-53
      5. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 54-60
    5. Do Sciences of the Normal and the Pathological Exist?

      1. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 63-68
      2. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 86-104
      3. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 105-118
      4. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 119-135
      5. Georges Canguilhem
        Pages 137-138
  3. New Reflections on the Normal and the Pathological

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 141-143
    3. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 145-158
    4. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 159-170
    5. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 171-179
    6. Georges Canguilhem
      Pages 181-181
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 183-209

About this book


by MICHEL FOUCAULT Everyone knows that in France there are few logicians but many historians of science; and that in the 'philosophical establishment' - whether teaching or research oriented - they have occupied a considerable position. But do we know precisely the importance that, in the course of these past fifteen or twenty years, up to the very frontiers of the establishment, a 'work' like that of Georges Canguilhem can have had for those very people who were separ­ ated from, or challenged, the establishment? Yes, I know, there have been noisier theatres: psychoanalysis, Marxism, linguistics, ethnology. But let us not forget this fact which depends, as you will, on the sociology of French intellectual environments, the functioning of our university institutions or our system of cultural values: in all the political or scientific discussions of these strange sixty years past, the role of the 'philosophers' - I simply mean those who had received their university training in philosophy department- has been important: perhaps too important for the liking of certain people. And, directly or indirectly, all or almost all these philosophers have had to 'come to terms with' the teaching and books of Georges Canguilhem. From this, a paradox: this man, whose work is austere, intentionally and carefully limited to a particular domain in the history of science, which in any case does not pass for a spectacular discipline, has somehow found him­ self present in discussions where he himself took care never to figure.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0908-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9853-7
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