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Canguilhem, Georges (1904–95)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


French philosopher and historian of science, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, the Sorbonne. Canguilhem's work on the history of biology focused on epistemological breaks between the conceptual frameworks of science in different periods, and the radical changes of perspective accompanying these breaks. He understood change in scientific disciplines as emerging from attempts to deal with problems that could not be solved within existing conceptual frameworks. His major works include The Normal and the Pathological (1943) and Ideology and Rationality in the History of the Life Sciences (1977). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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