The Normal and the Pathological

The Normal and the Pathological

Paperback (16 Dec 1991)

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Publisher's Synopsis

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 in the nineteenth century and examines the conditions determining its particular makeup.

Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and disease were defined in the early nineteenth century, showing that the emerging categories of the normal and the pathological were far from objective 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, among others, 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780942299595
Publisher: Zone Books
Imprint: Zone Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 610.1
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 327
Weight: 520g
Height: 227mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 26mm