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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, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-58161-3
Languages: English
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The book offers a new reading of the Renaissance debate on mind, body and matter as especially related to the hitherto uncharted territory of Galenic medicine.
The book offers a new reading of the Renaissance debate on mind, body and matter as especially related to the hitherto uncharted territory of Galenic medicine. Despite the commonly held opinion according to which Galen has been gradually superseded by the new reading of the book of the body provided by Vesalius and his followers, a close look to the influence that Galen's psychological works (e.g. De platicitis Hippocratis et Platonis, Quod animi mores) exerted amongst physicians and philosophers, reveals a quite different picture. Galenists, were not only the most keen to embrace the new discoveries but started an in-depth transformation of traditional doctrines which prompted a series of far-reaching and unexpected consequences in domains such as theory of matter, philosophical anthropology and medical experimentation. Through the lens offered by the disease and its connection to the soul and the self, a new concept of the body and the human animal ultimately emerges: the individual is a corporeal being at the mercy of its natural instincts, controlled by forces that, with Santorio, will be akin to the gears of a clockwork.
fabrizio bigotti is Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Exeter – Centre for Medical History (UK). He has awarded international fellowships and Grants from Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, the Wellcome Trust and the Folger Institute and Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington DC. His studies are especially concerned with the development of early modern science, medicine and technology in connection to the recovery of classic tradition.
Interest Classification:
Sciences & Technology
Medicine
History of Medicine
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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