Book ID: CBB001551476

The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy (2014)


Nachtomy, Ohad (Editor)
Smith, Justin E. H. (Editor)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xiii + 256 pp.
Language: English

The present volume advances a recent historiographical turn towards the intersection of early modern philosophy and the life sciences by bringing together many of its leading scholars to present the contributions of important but often neglected figures, such as Ralph Cudworth, Nehemiah Grew, Francis Glisson, Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente, Georg Ernst Stahl, Juan Gallego de la Serna, Nicholas Hartsoeker, Henry More, as well as more familiar figures such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Malebranche. The contributions to this volume are organized in accordance with the particular problems that living beings and living nature posed for early modern philosophy: the problem of life in general, whether it constitutes something ontologically distinct at all, or whether it can ultimately be exhaustively comprehended “in the same manner as the rest”; the problem of the structure of living beings, by which we understand not just bare anatomy but also physiological processes such as irritability, motion, digestion, and so on; the problem of generation, which might be included alongside digestion and other vital processes, were it not for the fact that it presented such an exceptional riddle to philosophers since antiquity, namely, the riddle of coming-into-being out of -- apparent or real -- non-being; and, finally, the problem of natural order.

Reviewed By

Review Guido Giglioni (2016) Review of "The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy". HOPOS (pp. 348-352). unapi

Review Ragland, Evan (2015) Review of "The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 438-439). unapi

Includes Chapters

Chapter Brian W. Ogilvie (2014) Order of Insects: Insect species and Metamorphosis Between Renaissance and Enlightenment. In: The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy (pp. 222-245). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Simonutti, Luisa
Osler, Margaret J.
Principe, Lawrence M.
Dennehy, Myriam
Ramond, Charles
Reeves, Eileen A.
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
British Journal for the History of Science
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Clarendon Press
Franco Angeli
Cambridge University Press
Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin
Natural philosophy
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Science and religion
Descartes, René
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Spinoza, Baruch
Malebranche, Nicolas de
More, Henry
Locke, John
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
Early modern
16th century
20th century
Great Britain
Royal Society of London
Académie des Sciences, Paris

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