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Experimenting at the boundaries of life : organic vitality in Germany around 1800

Author: Joan Steigerwald
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Science and culture in the nineteenth century.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Attempts to distinguish a science of life at the turn of the nineteenth century faced a number of challenges. A central difficulty was clearly demarcating the living from the nonliving experimentally and conceptually. The more closely the boundaries between organic and inorganic phenomena were examined, the more they expanded and thwarted any clear delineation. Experimenting at the Boundaries of Life traces the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Steigerwald
ISBN: 9780822945536 0822945533
OCLC Number: 1050362724
Description: xi, 460 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Organic vitality in the late eighteenth century : Lebenskräfte and experimental reasoning --
Kant's Critique of the power of judgment : organisms as reciprocally means and ends of themselves --
Blurring the boundaries of life : organic vitality and instruments of inquiry in the 1790s --
Jena connections : a science of knowledge, romantic aesthetics, and languages of nature --
Schelling's philosophy of life : boundary concepts and the natural history of the world soul --
The science of biology : organic vitality and the boundaries of life --
Conclusion: Afterlife.
Series Title: Science and culture in the nineteenth century.
Responsibility: Joan Steigerwald.

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Traces the debates surrounding the first articulations of a science of life in a variety of texts and practices centered on German contexts. Joan Steigerwald examines the experiments on the processes  Read more...

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