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The Age of Descartes (DESCARTES 3)
F. Bigotti
Physiology of the Soul
Mind, Body and Matter in the Galenic Tradition of Late Renaissance (1550-1630)

approx. 300 p., 31 b/w ill. + 17 colour ill., 7 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58161-3
Languages: English
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The book offers a new reading of the debate on mind, body and matter with regards to the largely uncharted territory of Galenic medicine in the Late Renaissance period.

In spite of the commonly held opinion according to which Galen's authority was gradually superseded by Vesalius and his followers, a close look at the influence that Galen's psychological works exerted on physicians and philosophers of the early modern period reveals quite a different picture. Not only were Galenists often keen to embrace the new anatomical discoveries, eventually they even contributed to shaping a series of new analytical, practical and experimental tools that started an in-depth transformation of the traditional rationale, with far-reaching and unexpected consequences in domains such as theory of matter, philosophical anthropology and medical experimentation. Through the lens provided by mental disease and its connection to the soul, a new concept of the body and the human animal ultimately emerges: a concept that accompanies the development of early modern ideas on subjectivity and the self.

Fabrizio Bigotti is Senior Research Fellow at the Institut für Geschichte der Medizin of the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg (Germany), and Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Medical History of the University of Exeter (UK). He has held postdoctoral positions and research positions at the Warburg Institute of London, the University of Exeter and the Folger Institute of Washington D.C., and is the founder and current Director of the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) in Pisa. His interests cover areas such as metaphysics, history of technology, history of quantification and applied mathematics, with a particular emphasis on the recovery of classical philosophy, literature and experimental practices in the early modern period.
Interest Classification:
Sciences & Technology
History of Medicine
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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