Philosophy Professor Authors New Book on “Problems of Error”

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on November 6, 2019

Talcott BookSamuel Talcott, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, is the author of a new book entitled Georges Canguilhem and the Problem of Error.  

Dr. Talcott’s book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, examines Georges Canguilhem’s enduring attention to the problem of error, from his early writings to Michel Foucault’s first major responses to his work. The book shows that this historian of science was also a centrally important philosopher in postwar France. 

“Talcott shows how Canguilhem critically appropriated the philosophical work of Alain, Bergson, Bachelard, and many others while developing his own distinct writings on medicine, experimentation, and scientific concepts in an ethical and political endeavor to resist alienation and injustice,” according to the book description. 

The book has received several reviews and was applauded for its importance and original perspective. 

In April, Dr. Talcott presented a paper entitled “The Bachelardian Anti-Bachelardism of Georges Canguilhem’s Histories of Scientific Concepts” at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies Conference, Bachelardisms and Anti-Bachelardisms in France: Epistemological Controversies of the 1960s.

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