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W. Harvey’s conception of epigenesis. An organicist reading

Escribano Cabeza, Miguel (2021) W. Harvey’s conception of epigenesis. An organicist reading. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 36 (3). pp. 421-437. ISSN 2171-679X

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This paper takes an organicist perspective of W. Harvey’s conception of epigenesis in his work Exercitationes de generatione animalium (1651). In line with this reading, I provide a critical assessment of the different interpretations (mechanistic or vitalist) of Harvey’s idea of epigenesis. The English physician develops his conception of embryogenesis as a process that cannot be understood from the categories of human art, as is apparent in his criticisms towards his teacher, Fabricius. Nor is it accurate to say that his position is animistic. An immersion in this last question will show us his organic conception of the soul, as an extension of the Aristotelian-Galenic tradition.


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Escribano Cabeza, Miguelmiguel.escribano@uv.es0000-0002-6765-256X
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: William Harvey; animal generation; epigenesis; Galen; organic soul.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 05:02
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 05:02
Item ID: 20001
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/THEORIA/article/view...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.21938
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Date: September 2021
Page Range: pp. 421-437
Volume: 36
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20001

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