Vegetative Powers

The Roots of Life in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Natural Philosophy
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The volume analyzes the natural philosophical accounts and debates concerning the vegetative powers, namely nutrition, growth, and reproduction. While principally focusing on the early modern approaches to the lower functions of the soul, readers will discover the roots of these approaches back to the Ancient times, as the volume highlights the role of three strands that help shape the study of life in the Medieval and early modern natural philosophies. From late antiquity to the early modern period, the vegetative soul and its cognate concepts have played a substantial role in specifying life, living functions, and living bodies, sometimes blurring the line between living and non-living nature, and, at other moments, resulting in a strong restriction of life to a mechanical system of operations and powers. Unearthing the history of the vegetative soul as a shrub of interconnected concepts, the 24 contributions of the volume fill a crucial gap in scholarship, ultimately outlining the importance of vegetal processes of incessant proliferation, generation, and organic growth as the roots of life in natural philosophical interpretations.

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ReiheInternational Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
ISBN 9783030697112
Sprache Englisch
Ausgabe 1st ed. 2021
Erscheinungsdatum 27.05.2022
Umfang 459 Seiten
Genre Philosophie/Allgemeines, Lexika
Format Taschenbuch
Verlag Springer International Publishing
Herausgegeben von Fabrizio Baldassarri, Andreas Blank
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