Knowledge of Life / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$22.02
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $24.27
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 19%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $24.27   
  • New (7) from $24.27   
  • Used (2) from $45.74   

Overview


As the work of thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Franois Jacob, Louis Althusser, and Pierre Bourdieu demonstrates, Georges Canguilhem has exerted tremendous influence on the philosophy of science and French philosophy more generally. In Knowledge of Life, a book that spans twenty years of his essays and lectures, Canguilhem offers a series of epistemological histories that seek to establish and clarify the stakes, ambiguities, and emergence of philosophical and biological concepts that defined the rise of modern biology. How do transformations in biology and modern medicine shape conceptions of life? How do philosophical concepts feed into biological ideas and experimental practices, and how are they themselves transformed? How does knowledge undo the experience of life so as to help man remake what life has made without him, in him or outside of him?Knowledge of Life is Canguilhem's effort to explain how the movements of knowledge and life come to rest upon each other. Published at the dawn of the genetic revolution and still pertinent today, the book tackles the history of cell theory, the conceptual moves toward and away from mechanical understandings of the organism, the persistence of vitalism, and the nature of normality in science and its objects.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

After reading these essays, one might well ask, as Canguilhem did, 'What are the presuppositions that drive contemporary interpretations of science?' Currently, few seem to be asking that question . . . Canguilhem presents a metaphysical quandary that remains as vital today as when he wrote 60 years ago.

It is invaluable that this important set of essays by France's premier historian of science is now available in English. They are sure to have a major impact on a wide range of disciplines.-Paul Rabinow

An exceptional grasp of the enduring philosophical problems of biological research.-Harry Marks

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823229260
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Series: Forms of Living Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 954,050
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Canguilhem (1904-1995) remains one of France's most influential philosophers of science. Stefanos Geroulanos is Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual History at New York University. He is the author of An Atheism That Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought and the co-translator of Georges Canguilhem's Knowledge of Life (Fordham).

DANIELA GINSBURG is a Ph.D. candidate at The Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center.

Paola Marrati is Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University, where she directs the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is the author of Genesis and Trace: Derrida Reading Husserl and Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze: cinma et philosophie.

Todd Meyers is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University and the co-editor of Georges Canguilhem's Knowledge of Life (Fordham).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword: Life, as Such Paola Manari Manari, Paola Todd Meyers Meyers, Todd

Translators' Note by Stefanos Geroulanos and Daniela Ginsburg

Introduction: Thought and the Living

Pt. 1 Method

1 Experimentation in Animal Biology

Pt. 2 History

2 Cell Theory

Pt. 3 Philosophy

3 Aspects of Vitalism

4 Machine and Organism

5 The Living and Its Milieu

6 The Normal and the Pathological

7 Monstrosity and the Monstrous

Appendixes

1 Note on the Transition from Fibrillar Theory to Cell Theory

2 Note on the Relationship Between Cell Theory and Leibniz's Philosophy

3 Extracts from the "Discours sur l'anatomie du cervcau" ("Discourse on the Anatomy of the Brain"), delivered hy Nicolas Steno in Paris in 1665 to the "Messieurs de l'Assemblee de chez Monsieur Thevenot" in Paris

Notes

Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)