The Anatomical Renaissance: The Resurrection of the Anatomical Projects of the Ancients

The Anatomical Renaissance: The Resurrection of the Anatomical Projects of the Ancients

by Andrew Cunningham

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The central proposition of this book is that the great anatomists of the Renaissance, from Vesalius to Fabricius and Harvey - the forebears of modern scientific biology and medicine - consciously resurrected not merely the methods but also the research projects of Aristotle and other Ancients. The Moderns' choice of topics and subjects, their aims, and their evaluation of their investigations were all made in a spirit of emulation, not rejection, of their distant predecessors. First published in 1997, Andrew Cunningham’s masterly analysis of the history of the ’scientific renaissance' - a history not of things found, but of projects of enquiry - provoked a reappraisal of the intellectual roots of the Renaissance as well as illuminating debates on the history of the body and its images.

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ISBN-13: 9781351894975
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Andrew Cunningham is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part One: The Anatomical Renaissance: The Ancients of Anatomy; Between Ancients and Moderns; The Renaissance and anatomy: the first changes; Vesalius: the revival of Galenic anatomy; Columbus: the revival of Alexandrian anatomy; Fabricius: the revival of Aristotelian anatomy; Part Two: The Anatomical Reformation?: The Anatomical Reformation; The Reformation and anatomising: (i) Erasmian reform; (ii) The Lutheran reformation; (iii) The ‘Radical Reformation’; (iv) Counter-Reformation Rome; (v) Reviving Aristotelian anatomy; Index.

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