A vital rationalist by Canguilhem Georges

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A n d t h i r i s a s e r i o u s in order to maintain thc lcvcl of some paranreteror to perlbrm Somcactivity. nristakc. ing to thc special C l aude Shannon'sr vor k on com m unicat ion and inf or m at ion theor v and it s r elat ion t o t her m od\ nam ics( l9. rbout lif'e. The second la*' of thermodvnamics,which statesthat translbrmationsof p. \', to tlre increaseol thc system'sent r opy,appliest o object s indif ler ent t o r he qualir v of their statc, that is, to objccts that are either inert or deacl-Yet an Life as I nfornation [26] Cvbcrneticsis thc gcneral theon- of servomechanisms, that is , ol m ac h i n e sc o n s tru c te (ls o n s to m a i ntni n certai n outputs ( pr o< luc t so r e fl e c ts ) rv i th i n fl x c < l o r v ari abl cl i mi ts.

Nristakc. ing to thc special C l aude Shannon'sr vor k on com m unicat ion and inf or m at ion theor v and it s r elat ion t o t her m od\ nam ics( l9. rbout lif'e. The second la*' of thermodvnamics,which statesthat translbrmationsof p. \', to tlre increaseol thc system'sent r opy,appliest o object s indif ler ent t o r he qualir v of their statc, that is, to objccts that are either inert or deacl-Yet an Life as I nfornation [26] Cvbcrneticsis thc gcneral theon- of servomechanisms, that is , ol m ac h i n e sc o n s tru c te (ls o n s to m a i ntni n certai n outputs ( pr o< luc t so r e fl e c ts ) rv i th i n fl x c < l o r v ari abl cl i mi ts.

I ttr6, t hc aut hor ol . r cclt : br at eddict ionar v ol t he Fr t 'nch l. f . . rs the greater crruld neither exist nor function lvithout the lesser. 'Ihc important thing is to rememberthat lbr the Grecksthe u'ord plche meant cool breath. The Jels, moreover,had ideasof life and t he s o u l q u i te s i m i l a r to th o s e o f rh e C reeks:' A nd the Lord cusedof cham pioning. r nclt he posit ivistdoct r ine t hev pr olessed Ciodformed man of the dust of the ground and breathcd into his nostrilsthe breathoflife; and the man becamca living soul" (Gen.

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