Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy

  • Peter Distelzweig
  • Benjamin Goldberg
  • Evan R. Ragland

Part of the History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences book series (HPTL, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Benjamin Goldberg, Evan R. Ragland, Peter Distelzweig
    Pages 1-15
  3. Philosophy, Medicine and Method in the Renaissance

  4. Life and Mechanism

  5. Matter and Life, Corpuscles and Chymistry

  6. Medicalizing Philosophy?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Justin E. H. Smith
      Pages 325-341
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-372

About this book


This volume presents an innovative look at early modern medicine and natural philosophy as historically interrelated developments. The individual chapters chart this interrelation in a variety of contexts, from the Humanists who drew on Hippocrates, Galen, and Aristotle to answer philosophical and medical questions, to medical debates on the limits and power of mechanism, and on to eighteenth-century controversies over medical materialism and 'atheism.'

The work presented here broadens our understanding of both philosophy and medicine in this period by illustrating the ways these disciplines were in deep theoretical and methodological dialogue and by demonstrating the importance of this dialogue for understanding their history.

Taken together, these papers argue that to overlook the medical context of natural philosophy and the philosophical context of medicine is to overlook fundamentally important aspects of these intellectual endeavors.




Early modern medicine Early modern philosophy History of Life science History of anatomy History of science Philosophy of Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Distelzweig
    • 1
  • Benjamin Goldberg
    • 2
  • Evan R. Ragland
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of St. Thomas Department of PhilosophySt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and CulturalUniversity of South Florida Department of Humanities and CulturalTampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of HistoryUniversity of Notre Dame Department of HistoryNotre DameUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7352-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7353-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1948
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-1956
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