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William Harvey's Natural Philosophy


  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031080

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  • William Harvey's natural philosophy was a view of the world that he had put together during his education in Cambridge and Padua. It contained ways of structuring knowledge, formulating questions and arriving at answers that directed the programme of work in which he discovered the circulation of the blood. This book, the most extensive discussion of Harvey to be published for over twenty-five years, reports extensively on the views of those who wrote for and against him. It is a study of a major change in natural philosophy and of the forces which acted for and, equally important, against change. In a period traditionally central to historians of science, it is argued here that natural philosophy and particularly Harvey's speciality within it - anatomy - was theocentric. Harvey's contribution was experiment; and the revolution which occurred in the seventeenth century was concerned not with science but with experiment and the status of natural knowledge.

    • The first study in over 25 years of one of the greatest figures in the history of medicine
    • Makes a unique study of all the Harvey source material, including extensive Latin texts
    • Illustrated throughout by seventeenth-century anatomical and other illustrations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031080
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.587kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    1. Natural philosophy and anatomy
    2. Harvey's sources in Renaissance anatomy
    3. Harvey's research programme
    4. The anatomy lectures and the circulation
    5. The structure of De motu cordis
    6. Early reactions in England
    7. Overseas
    8. Two natural philosophies
    9. Circulation through Europe
    10. Back to Cambridge
    11. Harvey and experimental philosophy

  • Author

    Roger French, University of Cambridge

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