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Life : a modern invention

Author: Davide Tarizzo; Mark William Epstein
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press. C 2017
Series: Posthumanities, 44.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Résumé éditeur : " A paradigm-shifting genealogy of biological life as metaphysical concept rather than a scientific category. The word "biology" was first used to describe the scientific study of life in 1802, and as Davide Tarizzo demonstrates, our understanding of what being alive means is an equally recent invention. Circumventing tired debates about the validity of science and the truth of Darwinian  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Davide Tarizzo; Mark William Epstein
ISBN: 9780816691593 0816691592 9780816691623 0816691622
OCLC Number: 1028749723
Description: 1 v. (242 p.) ; 20 cm
Contents: ContentsIntroduction: A Savage Ontology1. Modernity: The Threshold of Autonomy2. Life: Genesis of a Metaphysical Paradigm3. Us: On the Use and Abuse of Life for HistoryTranslator's AcknowledgmentsBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Posthumanities, 44.
Responsibility: Davide Tarizzo ; translated by Mark William Epstein.

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Résumé éditeur : " A paradigm-shifting genealogy of biological life as metaphysical concept rather than a scientific category. The word "biology" was first used to describe the scientific study of life in 1802, and as Davide Tarizzo demonstrates, our understanding of what being alive means is an equally recent invention. Circumventing tired debates about the validity of science and the truth of Darwinian evolution, Tarizzo instead envisions a profound paradigm shift in philosophical and scientific concepts of biological life."

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"The translation of Italian philosopher Davide Tarizzo's Life is a cause for celebration. Tarizzo goes where others haven't in order to ask the following question: when did we actually become alive? Read more...

 
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