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The Philosophy of Natural History (Scottish Thought & Culture, 1750-1800 S.)

William Smellie

Verlag: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. 2001, 2001
ISBN 10: 1855068702 / ISBN 13: 9781855068704
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Titel: The Philosophy of Natural History (Scottish ...

Verlag: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. 2001

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: Soft cover

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2001 reprint of 1799 original. This is Volume 2 of a 2 volume set. William Smellie (1740-95) was for some time a leading light among the Edinburgh intellectuals of the Enlightenment. Among numerous achievements, he single-handedly edited the first edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" (1768-71), co-edited the Edinburgh Magazine and Review with Gilbert Stuart (1773-6), and translated, edited and printed the first edition of Buffon's "Natural History" (1780). Smellie frequently courted controversy and the "Philosophy of Natural History" created a furore when its first volume was published in 1790; the second volume appeared posthumously in 1799, edited by his son Alexander Smellie. Read by contemporaries as a systematic attack on Linnaues's theories on the sexuality of plants it was much criticized. However, Smellie's work was misunderstood, and it is an unusual attempt to contextualize scientific observations philosophically. Smellie brings his reading of Locke, Kames, Hume and Reid to bear upon his work as a natural historian, making him one of the philosophers of modern science. His precocious thinking about the relevance of dreams and his theories of sexuality look forward a hundred years to the work of Freud and Jung. With a new introduction by Paul Wood this is a reprint of a scarce work by one of the leading figures from the Scottish Enlightenment. Hardback. May show some shelf wear but content fine and unread. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A23887

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Inhaltsangabe: William Smellie (1740-95) was for some time a leading light among the Edinburgh intellectuals of the Enlightenment. Among numerous achievements, he single-handedly edited the first edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" (1768-71), co-edited the Edinburgh Magazine and Review with Gilbert Stuart (1773-6), and translated, edited and printed the first edition of Buffon's "Natural History" (1780). Smellie frequently courted controversy and the "Philosophy of Natural History" created a furore when its first volume was published in 1790; the second volume appeared posthumously in 1799, edited by his son Alexander Smellie. Read by contemporaries as a systematic attack on Linnaues's theories on the sexuality of plants it was much criticized. However, Smellie's work was misunderstood, and it is an unusual attempt to contextualize scientific observations philosophically. Smellie brings his reading of Locke, Kames, Hume and Reid to bear upon his work as a natural historian, making him one of the philosophers of modern science. His precocious thinking about the relevance of dreams and his theories of sexuality look forward a hundred years to the work of Freud and Jung. With a new introduction by Paul Wood this is a reprint of a scarce work by one of the leading figures from the Scottish Enlightenment.

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