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History of Biological Knowledge and Normativity of the Living in Georges Canguilhem

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Keywords: Georges Canguilhem, Life, Biopolitics, Normativity

This essay aims to retrace the current debate following the recent publication of Georges Canguilhem’s OEuvres complètes, mainly focusing on the consequences of the relationship between life and knowledge, as it emerges from this new and complete archive. This analysis allows to highlight that Canguilhem’s full historicization of biological rationality, which takes life as a specific object of knowledge, calls into question the epistemic background of biopolitics, by showing the irreducibility of the living to any apparatus of knowledge

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