Canguilhem | Stuart Elden

15:00 - 18:00 | 20 May 2019 | S1, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge.

gloknos invites you to the launch of Prof. Stuart Elden's new book Canguilhem (Polity, 2019).

The event features a presentation by Prof. Stuart Elden and a discussion with Dr. Simon Reid-Henry (QMUL) from 3 to 5 PM in Room S1 in the Alison Richard Building (7 West Road, Cambridge), followed by refreshments from 5 to 6 PM.

To book your place, please email Samantha Peel.

Book Description & Reviews

Georges Canguilhem (1904-95) was an influential historian and philosopher of science, as renowned for his teaching as for his writings. He is best known for his book The Normal and the Pathological , originally his doctoral thesis in medicine, but he also wrote a thesis in philosophy on the concept of the reflex, supervised by Gaston Bachelard. He was the sponsor of Michel Foucault's doctoral thesis on madness. However, his work extends far beyond what is suggested by his association with these thinkers. Canguilhem also produced a series of important works on the naturalsciences, including studies of evolution, psychology, vitalism and mechanism,experimentation, monstrosity and disease.

Stuart Elden discusses the whole of this important thinker's complex work, includingrecently rediscovered texts and archival materials. Canguilhem always approached questions historically, examining how it was that we came to a significant moment in time, outlining tensions, detours and paths not taken. The first comprehensive study in English, this book is a crucial guide for those coming to terms with Canguilhem's important contributions, and will appeal to researchers and students from a range of fields.


'The patience, clarity, and erudition we expect of Stuart Elden's books are on full display in this exceptional work. More than a simple introduction, Canguilhem enables readers to see the outlines, stakes and details of the works of an important thinker.' John Protevi, Louisiana State University

'This impressive and meticulously researched volume which includes a wealth of references to archival material provides the first comprehensive introduction in English to a figure recognized as a seminal influence by postwar French thinkers, including Foucault and Althusser.' Clare O’Farrell, Queensland University of Technology

Stuart Elden is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick, and Monash Warwick Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University. His research is at the intersection of politics, philosophy and geography, and in the last two years has published work on Shakespeare, Georges Canguilhem, and Michel Foucault.



Image courtesy of Polity Press