Buffon’s Histoire naturelle as a Work of the Enlightenment

  • David Goodman
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 110)


Buffon’s scientific ideas have often attracted the attention of historians of science; his changing ideas on species, his strange theory of organic molecules and his bold evolutionary account of the epochs of nature have been analyzed in fine detail. Much less has been written about Buffon as a natural philosopher of the Enlightenment;1 yet his monumental Histoire naturelle appeared when that movement was in its full vigour and bears unmistakable traces of its influence.


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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht 1985

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