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Revitalising a nineteenth century debate about life (which has been done to death): or, how to live with historiographical pluralism

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This chapter shows how work in philosophy of science (PS) on pluralism and perspectivism can enhance history of science (HS). It provides a case-study from HS: a debate over the nature of life which took place at London’s Royal College of Surgeons in the early nineteenth century. According to John Abernethy, what distinguished living from non-living matter was that, in the tradition of eighteenth-century ‘Newtonian’ ether-theories, the living was pervaded and animated by a subtle, immaterial,...

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10.4324/9781351214827

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
Linacre College
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Routledge Publisher's website
Pages:
210-227
Host title:
The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science
Chapter number:
11
Place of publication:
London
Publication date:
2019-05-31
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9781351214827
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English
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Pubs id:
1205628
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2021-10-22

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