Academic Theories of Generation in the Renaissance

The Contemporaries and Successors of Jean Fernel (1497-1558)

  • Linda Deer Richardson
  • Benjamin Goldberg

Part of the History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences book series (HPTL, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
    Pages 1-26
  3. The Sources: Classical Theories of Generation and Their Renaissance Editions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 29-31
    3. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 33-37
    4. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 39-43
    5. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 45-47
    6. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 49-59
    7. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 61-74
  4. Philosophi Adversus Medicos: Renaissance Commentaries on Aristotle’s Generation of Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 77-101
    3. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 103-110
    4. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 111-126
    5. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 127-142
    6. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 143-150
  5. Medici et Philosophi: Generation in Textbooks of Theoretical Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 153-170
    3. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 171-222
    4. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 223-250
    5. Linda Deer Richardson, Benjamin Goldberg
      Pages 251-266

About this book

Introduction

This volume deals with philosophically grounded theories of animal generation as found in two different traditions: one, deriving primarily from Aristotelian natural philosophy and specifically from his Generation of Animals; and another, deriving from two related medical traditions, the Hippocratic and the Galenic. The book contains a classification and critique of works that touch on the history of embryology and animal generation written before 1980. It also contains translations of key sections of the works on which it is focused. It looks at two different scholarly communities: the physicians (medici) and philosophers (philosophi), that share a set of textual resources and philosophical lineages, as well as a shared problem (explaining animal generation), but that nevertheless have different concerns and commitments. The book demonstrates how those working in these two traditions not only shared a common philosophical background in the arts curricula of the universities, but were in constant intercourse with each other.

This book presents a test case of how scholarly communities differentiate themselves from each other through methods of argument, empirical investigation, and textual interpretations. It is all the more interesting because the two communities under investigation have so much in common and yet, in the end, are distinct in a number of important ways.

Keywords

Academic Theories Animal Generation Jean Fernel Natural philosophy Renaissance Aristotelianism Scholarly communities

Authors and affiliations

  • Linda Deer Richardson
    • 1
  • Benjamin Goldberg
    • 2
  1. 1.YMCA George Williams CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and CulturalUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69336-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69334-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69336-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1948
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-1956
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