Contextualizing Medical Norms: Georges Canguilhem’s Surnaturalism

@inproceedings{Sholl2016ContextualizingMN,
  title={Contextualizing Medical Norms: Georges Canguilhem’s Surnaturalism},
  author={J. Sholl},
  year={2016}
}
One of the key criticisms of understanding health in terms of adaptation to one’s environment is that medical judgments should be able to apply across environments. If we say that a condition is pathological ‘for person X in environment E’, then we quickly run into problems of desirability and social values. However, many key concepts in biology entail an inability to separate the organism from its environment. In other words, it is precisely by referring to ‘organism X in environment E’ that… Expand
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