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Georges Canguilhem and the Problem of Error

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2020.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Talcott, Georges Canguilhem and the Problem of Error, Palgrave MacMillan, 2019, 294pp., $89.99 (hbk), ISBN 9783030007782. Reviewed by Paul M. Livingston, University of New Mexico Under current global conditions, it is hardly necessary to belabor the immediate relevance of the work of a twentieth-century philosopher who focused, throughout his career, on problems of collective thought and practice at the intersections of ethics, politics and biomedicine. But as Samuel Talcott's admirable new study exhaustively shows, Georges Canguilhem's sustained effort to analyze the concepts of health, normalcy, and sociopolitical activity also bears important broader lessons for contemporary philosophers engaged in critically thinking about the logical and historical structure of scientific knowledge in its relationship to life. Canguilhem was trained in medicine as well as philosophy, and one aim of his work on the logic, epistemology, and history of the concepts of the life sciences and psychology is to... Read More

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