Botanophilia in Eighteenth-Century France

The Spirit of the Enlightenment

  • Rogel L. Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


The book describes the innovations that enabled botany, in the Eighteenth century, to emerge as an independent science, independent from medicine and herbalism. This encompassed the development of a reliable system for plant classification and the invention of a nomenclature that could be universally applied and understood. The key that enabled Linnaeus to devise his classification system was the discovery of the sexuality of plants. The book, which is intended for the educated general reader, proceeds to illustrate how many aspects of French life were permeated by this revolution in botany between about 1760 to 1815, a botanophilia sometimes inflated into botanomania. The reader should emerge with a clearer understanding of what the Enlightenment actually was in contrast to some popular second-hand ideas today.


Carl Linnaeus Flora botanics botanomania botanophilia eighteenth century enlightenment nomenclature plant classification sexuality of plants

Authors and affiliations

  • Rogel L. Williams
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  1. 1.University of WyomingLaramieUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5678-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9849-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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