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Put to the Test: Canguilhem’s Biological Philosophy and a New Concept of Error

  • Samuel TalcottEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter draws together preceding conclusions to show the central significance of error for Canguilhem’s biological philosophy. Examining an unpublished 1955–1956 lecture course clarifies how it addressed error as a philosophical and social-political problem by studying the history of biological sciences. Because this philosophy depends on his understanding of technical and artistic creation, I exemplify this before examining imagination’s role in human life as a vital response to monstrous alteration that makes both artistic and scientific activity possible. Yet in banishing monsters as imaginary, positivist science becomes monstrous itself. There is no escaping such alterations. I conclude, therefore, by considering his biological philosophy’s spirit and ability to endure the alteration that threatened it when Canguilhem finally recognized error as a scientific concept.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of the SciencesPhiladelphiaUSA

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