On the Normal and the Pathological

Titre : On the Normal and the Pathological
Auteur : Georges Canguilhem
Éditeur : Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN-13 : 9789400998537
Libération : 2012-12-06

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by MICHEL FOUCAULT Everyone knows that in France there are few logicians but many historians of science; and that in the 'philosophical establishment' - whether teaching or research oriented - they have occupied a considerable position. But do we know precisely the importance that, in the course of these past fifteen or twenty years, up to the very frontiers of the establishment, a 'work' like that of Georges Canguilhem can have had for those very people who were separ ated from, or challenged, the establishment? Yes, I know, there have been noisier theatres: psychoanalysis, Marxism, linguistics, ethnology. But let us not forget this fact which depends, as you will, on the sociology of French intellectual environments, the functioning of our university institutions or our system of cultural values: in all the political or scientific discussions of these strange sixty years past, the role of the 'philosophers' - I simply mean those who had received their university training in philosophy department- has been important: perhaps too important for the liking of certain people. And, directly or indirectly, all or almost all these philosophers have had to 'come to terms with' the teaching and books of Georges Canguilhem. From this, a paradox: this man, whose work is austere, intentionally and carefully limited to a particular domain in the history of science, which in any case does not pass for a spectacular discipline, has somehow found him self present in discussions where he himself took care never to figure.

Healthy Work

Titre : Healthy Work
Auteur : Robert Karasek
Éditeur : Basic Books
ISBN-13 : 0465028977
Libération : 1992-01-01

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Suggests a strategy for redesigning jobs to reduce unnecessary stress and improve productivity and job satisfaction

Just Culture

Titre : Just Culture
Auteur : Professor Sidney Dekker
Éditeur : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN-13 : 9781409487029
Libération : 2012-10-01

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Building on the success of the 2007 original, Dekker revises, enhances and expands his view of just culture for this second edition, additionally tackling the key issue of how justice is created inside organizations. The goal remains the same: to create an environment where learning and accountability are fairly and constructively balanced. The First Edition of Sidney Dekker’s Just Culture brought accident accountability and criminalization to a broader audience. It made people question, perhaps for the first time, the nature of personal culpability when organizational accidents occur. Having raised this awareness the author then discovered that while many organizations saw the fairness and value of creating a just culture they really struggled when it came to developing it: What should they do? How should they and their managers respond to incidents, errors, failures that happen on their watch? In this Second Edition, Dekker expands his view of just culture, additionally tackling the key issue of how justice is created inside organizations. The new book is structured quite differently. Chapter One asks, ‘what is the right thing to do?’ - the basic moral question underpinning the issue. Ensuing chapters demonstrate how determining the ‘right thing’ really depends on one’s viewpoint, and that there is not one ‘true story’ but several. This naturally leads into the key issue of how justice is established inside organizations and the practical efforts needed to sustain it. The following chapters place just culture and criminalization in a societal context. Finally, the author reflects upon why we tend to blame individual people for systemic failures when in fact we bear collective responsibility. The changes to the text allow the author to explain the core elements of a just culture which he delineated so successfully in the First Edition and to explain how his original ideas have evolved. Dekker also introduces new material on ethics and on caring for the’ second victim’ (the professional at the centre of the incident). Consequently, we have a natural evolution of the author’s ideas. Those familiar with the earlier book and those for whom a just culture is still an aspiration will find much wisdom and practical advice here.

Uncommon Sense Common Nonsense

Titre : Uncommon Sense Common Nonsense
Auteur : Jules Goddard
Éditeur : Profile Books
ISBN-13 : 9781847658210
Libération : 2012-05-03

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This is a book for managers who know that their organisations are stuck in a mindset that thrives on fashionable business theories that are no more than folk wisdom, and whose so-called strategies that are little more than banal wish lists. It puts forward the notion that the application of uncommon sense - thinking or acting differently from other organisations in a way that makes unusual sense - is the secret to competitive success. For those who want to succeed and stand out from the herd this book is a beacon of uncommon sense and a timely antidote to managerial humbug.

The Sorrows of Young Werther

Titre : The Sorrows of Young Werther
Auteur : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Éditeur : Penguin
ISBN-13 : 014044503X
Libération : 1989

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One of the world's first best-sellers, this tragic masterpiece attained an instant and lasting success upon its 1774 publication. A sensitive exploration of the mind of a young artist, the tale addresses age-old questions—the meaning of love, of death, and the possibility of redemption—in the form of Werther's alternately joyful and despairing letters about his unrequited love. Goethe's portrayal of a character who struggles to reconcile his artistic sensibilities with the demands of the objective world proved tremendously influential to subsequent writers and continues to speak to modern readers.

Displays of Affection

Titre : Displays of Affection
Auteur : Jean-Jacques Sempe
Éditeur : Workman Publishing
ISBN-13 : 0894801945
Libération : 1981-01

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Cartoons provide a humorous view of love, courtship, marriage, infidelity, and friendship

The Making of Labour Law in Europe

Titre : The Making of Labour Law in Europe
Auteur : Bob Hepple
Éditeur : Hart Pub Limited
ISBN-13 : 1841138207
Libération : 2009-11

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This is a re-issue of a book first published in 1986, which charts the origins of the labour laws of nine European countries: the Member States of the EEC in 1979 - Belgium, Britain, Ireland, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The studies assembled here were originally written by national experts to explain the foundations of their national systems from the beginning of the industrial revolution until 1945. These are not, however, simply historical essays. Instead, they draw upon the writings of historians, sociologists, and other social scientists to explain the origins of labour law in these countries, and also the relationships between them. The book thus provides the essential underpinning to its companion, the new book, The Transformation of Labour Law in Europe, which charts the development of labour law in Europe since 1945.