The Cuvier-Geoffrey Debate: French Biology in the Decades before Darwin

The Cuvier-Geoffrey Debate: French Biology in the Decades before Darwin

by Toby A. Appel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195041380

ISBN-13: 9780195041385

Pub. Date: 03/28/1987

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

For scientists, no event better represents the contest between form and function as the chief organizing principle of life as the debate between Georges Cuvier and Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. This book presents the first comprehensive study of the celebrated French scientific controversy that focused the attention of naturalists in the first decades of the

Overview

For scientists, no event better represents the contest between form and function as the chief organizing principle of life as the debate between Georges Cuvier and Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. This book presents the first comprehensive study of the celebrated French scientific controversy that focused the attention of naturalists in the first decades of the nineteenth century on the conflicting claims of teleology, morphology, and evolution, which ultimately contributed to the making of Darwin's theory. This history describes not only the scientific dimensions of the controversy and its impact on individuals and institutions, but also examines the meaning of the debate for culture and society in the years before Darwin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195041385
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1987
Series:
Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.63(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Classic Confrontation and Its Interpretations
2. Cuvier and Geoffroy: Collaborators on a New Science
3. "Le Législateur de la Science"" Cuvier and Functionalist Anatomy
4. Geoffroy and the Emergence of Philosophical Anatomy
5. The Battle Lines are Drawn: 1820-1829
6. The Debate Before the Académie
7. Beyond the Académie: The Many Uses of the Debate
8. Teleology, Morphology, and Evolution: The Debate and the Future of Zoology

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