The Normal and the Pathological
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The Normal and the Pathological

By Georges Canguilhem

Introduction by Michel Foucault

Translated by Carolyn R. Fawcett

Distributed for Zone Books

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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 19th-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 19th-century, showing that the emerging categories of the normal and the pathological were far from being 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, 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.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780942299588 336 pp. | 8.8 in x 6 in

Paperback

$27.95 T ISBN: 9780942299595 336 pp. | 8.8 in x 6 in

Contributors

Michel Foucault and Carolyn R. Fawcett.

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  • A brilliant and stimulating book.

    Howard L. Laye

    Journal of Interdisciplinary History

  • A brilliant and stimulating book.

    Howard L. Laye

    Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Endorsements

  • A brilliant and stimulating book.

    Howard L. Laye

    Journal of Interdisciplinary History