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The problem of animal generation in early modern philosophy

Author: Justin E H Smith
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An examination of the early modern science of generation, which included the study of animal conception, heredity and fetal development. The essays by leading scholars offer a different perspective on some of the basic problems in early modern philosophy.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Justin E H Smith
ISBN: 0521840775 9780521840774
OCLC Number: 61453841
Description: xiii, 456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The comparative study of animal development : from Aristotle to William Harvey's Aristotelianism / James G. Lennox --
Monsters, nature, and generation from the Renaissance to the early modern period : the emergence of medical thought / Annie Bitbol-Hespériès --
Descartes' experiments and the generation of animals / Vincent Aucante --
Imagination and the problem of heredity in mechanist embryology / Justin E.H. Smith --
The soul as vehicle for genetic information : Gassendi's account of inheritance / Saul Fisher --
Atoms and minds in Walter Charleton's theory of animal generation / Andreas Blank --
Animal generation and substance in Sennert and Leibniz / Richard T.W. Arthur --
Spontaneous and sexual generation in Conway's Principles / Deborah Boyle --
Malebranche on animal generation : preexistence and the microscope / Andrew Pyle --
Animal as category : Bayle's "Rorarius" / Dennis Des Chene --
Explanation and demonstration in the Haller-Wolff debate / Karen Detlefsen --
Soul power : Georg Ernst Stahl and the debate on generation / Francesco Paolo de Ceglia --
Charles Bonnet's neo-Leibnizian theory of organic bodies / François Duchesneau --
Kant's early views on epigenesis : the role of Maupertuis / John Zammito --
Blumenbach and Kant on mechanism and teleology in nature : the case of the formative drive / Brandon C. Look --
Kant and the speculative sciences or origins / Catherine Wilson --
Kant and evolution / Michael Ruse.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: edited by Justin E.H. Smith.
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