Theories of Life in the Renaissance

Paul Richard Blum
  • Annals of Science, October 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/00033790.2012.755220

Book review essay on Hiro Hirai: Medical Humanism

What is it about?

Life is a key concept in the philosophy of the Renaissance; it opened the various scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, and psychology. Hiro Hirai explains the debates around matter and soul from the early sixteenth through the early seventeenth centuries. The book contains detailed interpretations of Nicolò Leoniceno (+1524), Jean Fernel (+1558), Jacob Schegk (+1587), Cornelius Gemma (+1578), Fortunio Liceti (+1657), and Daniel Sennert (+1637).

Why is it important?

In addition to an overview of the book, this essay points out some philosophical questions.

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