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Towards the Authority of Vesalius
Studies on Medicine and the Human Body from Antiquity to the Renaissance and beyond

E. Gielen, M. Goyens (eds.)
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475 p., 13 b/w ill., 6 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57914-6
Languages: English, French
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Studies on medicine and the human body from Antiquity to the Renaissance and beyond, working towards the authority of Vesalius.
The authority of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) in reviving human anatomy is without any doubt a landmark in the history of science. Yet his breakthrough was inconceivable without his predecessor’s works. Moreover, later on, his own legacy would not remain untouched or undisputed. The question of scientific authority is not new; however it has hardly been tackled in a multidisciplinary and diachronic way. This volume brings together contributions from international scholars working in the field of theology, art history, philosophy, history of science and historical linguistics. Its goal is to contextualize and analyse the complex interaction between dogma and authority on the one hand and empirical progress on the other, both in the development of anatomy and the views on the human body, mainly before Vesalius’s time. Indeed, it is not the volume’s aim to focus exclusively on the role of Vesalius nor to assess the concept of medical and anatomical authority in a comprehensive way. Avoiding to repeat insights from the history of science as such, it intends to put old views to the test, and to bring up new questions and answers from diverse perspectives concerning the work of Vesalius and his predecessors and successors, by presenting different case studies from Antiquity to the Early Modern Times.

Erika Gielen obtained a doctoral degree in Classics from the KU Leuven, with a doctoral thesis on Joseph Rhakendytès' Peri aretês.Presently she is managing director of the Research Centre Lectio (KU Leuven).

Michèle Goyens is Professor of French diachronic linguistics at the University of Leuven. Her research is focused on medieval translations and the development of the scientific vocabulary in the vernacular.
Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin language
Humanistic Latin language
Neo-Latin language
Latin literature
Humanistic Latin literature
Neo-Latin literature
Sciences & Technology
History of Medicine
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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