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A Vital Rationalist: Selected Writings of Georges Canguilhem

Georges Canguilhem is one of France’s foremost historians of science. Trained as a medical doctor as well as a philosopher, he combined these practices to demonstrate to philosophers that there could be no epistemology without concrete study of the actual development of the sciences and to historians that there could be no worthwhile history of science without a philosophical understanding of the conceptual basis of all knowledge. A Vital Rationalist brings together for the first time a selection of Canguilhem’s most important writings, including excerpts from previously unpublished manuscripts and a critical bibliography by Camille Limoges.Organized around the major themes and problems that have preoccupied Canguilhem throughout his intellectual career, the collection allows readers, whether familiar or unfamiliar with Canguilhem’s work, access to a vast array of conceptual and concrete meditations on epistemology, methodology, science, and history. Canguilhem is a demanding writer, but Delaporte succeeds in marking out the main lines of his thought with unrivaled clarity; readers will come away with a heightened understanding of the complex and crucial place he holds in French intellectual history.Georges Canguilhem is Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne and former director of the Institut d’Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques de l’Université de Paris. His works include La Connaissance de la Vie, Ideology and Rationality in the History of the Life Sciences, and The Normal and the Pathological. François Delaporte is a Research Associate at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Medicale in Paris. He is the author of Disease and Civilization and The History of Yellow Fever.

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Author: Georges Canguilhem

Editor/Translator: François Delaporte, Arthur Goldhammer, Paul Rabinow,

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: New

Manufacturer: Zone Books

Number of items: 1

Number of pages: 481

Product group: Book

Studio: Zone Books

Publication Date: January 18, 1994

Publisher: Zone Books

Pages: 481

EAN: 9780942299724

ISBN: 0942299728

ASIN: 0942299728

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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.