Posts Tagged ‘philosophy of biology’

So last time I set up this progression: 1-Teleological (Kant, Blumenbach) 2-Functional (Cuvier, Bernard) 3-Organizational (Schelling, Herder) 4-Morphological (Goethe, Oken, St-Hilaire) The bio-political (in the negative sense) of these could be: 1-Anthropological Racism¬†(Races or Cultures are seen as more or less advanced) 2-Physiologies of Health¬†(Disciplined body as ‘healthy’ productive body) 3-National Organicism¬†(Healthy society is harmonious […]


Reading through science studies, sts, history of science, and philosophy of science it is easy to lose all sense of what science is to the fields that attempt to study it. The multiplication of philosophy of fields of science (such as philosophy of chemistry or philosophy of biology) also begs the question of what is […]


Last time I wrote about (among other things) how the mistake of confusing the normal with the healthy should not be merely combined with a critique of the biometric approach in biology (or even more generally the mathematization of life). Canguilhem is well known for repeating over and over the impossibility of equating the normal […]


A long erratic path has led me back to looking at biology and bio-philosophy as part of a book project on the relationship between German Romanticism/Naturphilosophie and French Structuralism and Materialism. Having read both analytic Philosophy of Biology (especially Grene and Depew) and various Bio-Philosophies (Bergson’s Creative Evolution, Canguilhem’s Knowledge of Life, various Deleuzian takes […]