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Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Justin E. H. Smith


Though it did not yet exist as a discrete field of scientific inquiry, biology was at the heart of many of the most important debates in seventeenth-century philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the work of G. W. Leibniz. This book offers the first in-depth examination of Leibniz's deep and complex engagement with the empirical life sciences of his day, in areas as diverse as medicine, physiology, taxonomy, generation theory, and paleontology. The book shows how these wide-ranging pursuits were not only central to Leibniz's philosophical interests, but often provided the insights t ... More

Keywords: biology, seventeenth-century philosophy, G. W. Leibniz, medicine, physiology, taxonomy, generation theory, paleontology, life sciences, organic life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691141787
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin E. H. Smith, author
Concordia University