Thesis ID: CBB001567394

William Harvey, Soul Searcher: Telelogy and Philosophical Anatomy (2012)


Goldberg, Benjamin Isaac (Author)

Machamer, Peter K.
Chene, Dennis Des
University of Pittsburgh
Lennox, James
Chene, Dennis Des
Palmieri, Paolo
Lennox, James G.
Palmieri, Paolo

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Advisor: Machamer, Peter, Lennox, James; Committee Members: Des Chene, Dennis, Palmieri, Paolo.
Physical Details: 289 pp.
Language: English

The goal of this dissertation is to understand the ways in which teleology structures the natural philosophy of William Harvey (1578-1657), who announced the circulation of the blood in his De motu cordis (1628). I shall incorporate new archival research, as well as the study of a number of texts that have not yet received due attention, including the Prelectiones anatomie universalis (1616-1627) and the De generatione animalium (1651). My study is divided into three parts. The first two parts focus upon on the role of two sorts of teleology. I first discuss the teleology of being, which characterizes the functioning and material organization of the parts of the body, what one would call today 'physiology and anatomy'. I then turn to examine the teleology of becoming, which characterizes the process of the generation of those parts, what one would call today 'embryological development'. The third section shifts to examining Harvey's methods in light of this conception of the subject matter. I start by articulating how, in general, Harvey conceives of anatomy not as a body of pre-existing knowledge, but rather as an active ability, combining skills of hand, eye, and mind. I then turn to look in detail at Harvey's particular methods. Harvey's methodology was an innovative reinterpretation and extension of Aristotle and Galen, mediated by certain Renaissance trends in medicine and natural philosophy. I focus specifically on how experience and experiment are used to determine final causes.


Description Cited in Dissertation Abstracts International-A 74/03(E), Sep 2013. Proquest Document ID: 1223343461.

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Authors & Contributors
Bertoloni Meli, Domenico
McMullen, Emerson Thomas
Palmieri, Paolo
Graham, Peter W.
Jucovy, Peter M.
Lieburg, Mart J. van
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Janus: revue internationale de l'histoire des sciences, de la medecine, de la pharmacie et de la technique
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Georgia Journal of Science
Nivola Libros y Ediciones
Indiana University
University of Pittsburgh
Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino
Classiques Garnier
Carocci Editore
Circulation of the blood
Harvey, William
Descartes, René
Fernel, Jean François
Riolan, Jean
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
18th century
Padua (Italy)
University of Padua

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