Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Life Concepts from Aristotle to Darwin: On Vegetable Souls (Hardback)
  • Life Concepts from Aristotle to Darwin: On Vegetable Souls (Hardback)
zoom

Life Concepts from Aristotle to Darwin: On Vegetable Souls (Hardback)

(author)
£59.99
Hardback 273 Pages / Published: 14/09/2018
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

This book traces the history of life-concepts, with a focus on the vegetable souls of Aristotle, investigating how they were interpreted and eventually replaced by evolutionary biology. Philosophers have long struggled with the relationship between physics, physiology, and psychology, asking questions of organization, purpose, and agency. For two millennia, the vegetable soul, nutrition, and reproduction were commonly used to understand basic life and connect it to "higher" animal and vegetable life. Cartesian dualism and mechanism destroyed this bridge and left biology without an organizing principle until Darwin. Modern biology parallels Aristotelian vegetable life-concepts, but remains incompatible with the animal, rational, subjective, and spiritual life-concepts that developed through the centuries. Recent discoveries call for a second look at Aristotle's ideas - though not their medieval descendants. Life remains an active, chemical process whose cause, identity, and purpose is self-perpetuation.


Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319960463
Number of pages: 273
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2018

You may also be interested in...

Silence
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Enlightenment Now
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Political Correctness Gone Mad?
Added to basket
I Am Dynamite!
Added to basket
£25.00   £22.99
Hardback
The Little Book of Ikigai
Added to basket
Enlightenment Now
Added to basket
£25.00   £22.99
Hardback
Meditations
Added to basket
£10.00
Hardback
The Daily Stoic
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback
Wabi Sabi
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
A Little History of Philosophy
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Japonisme
Added to basket
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
National Populism
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Big Ideas for Curious Minds
Added to basket
Ikigai
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.