Book ID: CBB485036105

Vital Norms: Canguilhem's "The Normal and the Pathological" in the Twenty-First Century (2020)


Méthot, Pierre-Olivier (Editor)

Éditions Hermann

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 530
Language: English

Medicine exists "as the art of life" because individuals have come to identify certain states as being in need of correction "in relation to the dynamic polarity of life." Written in wartime by French philosopher Georges Canguilhem (1904-1995), The Normal and the Pathological offers a powerful and unparalleled critique of biological and medical thought. Drawing on the OEuvres complètes and on unpublished manuscripts, this collection of new essays situates The Normal and the Pathological in its own philosophical, scientific, and cultural context and brings Canguilhem's writings into conversation with pressing epistemological issues in the biological and the social sciences. It also articulates his critique of norms and normality within current debates in the philosophy of medicine and medical humanities. Exploring the richness of Canguilhem's philosophy, Vital Norms demonstrates how fertile his work remains for our understanding of health, disease, and illness in the twenty-first century."Vital Norms breaks new grounds in the philosophical and historical study of Georges Canguilhem's masterpiece, The Normal and the Pathological. Collecting a series of engaging and insightful essays, it analyses Canguilhem's rich and complex thought using archival material and published sources, and shows its enduring relevance for challenges posed by contemporary life sciences and medicine."

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Review Giulia Gandolfi (2021) Review of "Vital Norms: Canguilhem's "The Normal and the Pathological" in the Twenty-First Century". Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadien d'Histoire de la Medecine (pp. 455-458). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Cid Santos, A. P.
Galiana-Sánchez, M. Eugenia
Bernabeu-Mestre, Jospe
Esplugues Pellicier, Josep Xavier
Wright, David
Kouloumentas, Stavros
History of Psychiatry
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
History of the Human Sciences
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Medical History
Oxford University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Johns Hopkins University Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Mental disorders and diseases
Philosophy of medicine
Medicine and culture
Disease and diseases
Down, John Langdon Haydon
Alcmaeon of Crotona
Andresen, Christopher Schroeder
Great Britain
United States
21st century
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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