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

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$210.00
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $75.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 64%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $75.00   
  • New (3) from $220.19   
  • Used (3) from $75.00   

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Appel has illuminated brilliantly the French intellectual scene in the 19th century...Under consideration are not only biological aspects of the debate, but also its religious, social and political backgrounds, and its later influence on evolutionary theory and other modalities of culture and intellect...This beautifully organized, elegantly written book, based on sound research, is recommended strongly to readers interested in the forms and functions of the organism that is science."—The Scientist

"The most thorough analysis we have of the controversy at issue; it will also no doubt become a required reading for historians of French biology in the first half of the last century, as well as for sociologists interested in unravelling the intricacies of scientific controversies."—Science

"The dispute between the zoologists Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) and Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772-1844)... has long been recognized as an important episode in the history of the life sciences....The Cuvier-Geoffroy Debate raises many issues of general historical interest relating to science, culture and society in early 19th-century France."—Times Higher Education Supplement

"Appel in her long-awaited and exhilarating study has cut through older historiography to provide the definitive modern account....She shows that both men actually defended more extreme positions than later commentators admitted. But she does much more, and embeds this scientific analysis in a rich study of contemporary institutional politics....Appel's masterly study is destined to become a landmark."—Nature

"A first-class piece of work. The author covers an area of science's history about which we have long known something, but not enough; she balances judiciously the straight science and all of the other factors, especially the politics of biology; and, above all else, she tells a rattling good yarn about the clash between two of the greatest prima donnas in the story of nineteenth-century France." —American Historical Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)