mardi 20 septembre 2016

La reproduction humaine chez les néoplatoniciens

Forms, Souls, and Embryos: Neoplatonists on Human Reproduction

James Wilberding

Series: Issues in Ancient Philosophy
Hardcover: 242 pages
Publisher: Routledge (July 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1138955271

Forms, Souls, and Embryos allows readers coming from different backgrounds to appreciate the depth and originality with which the Neoplatonists engaged with and responded to a number of philosophical questions central to human reproduction, including: What is the causal explanation of the embryo’s formation? How and to what extent are Platonic Forms involved? In what sense is a fetus ‘alive,’ and when does it become a human being? Where does the embryo’s soul come from, and how is it connected to its body? This is the first full-length study in English of this fascinating subject, and is a must-read for anyone interested in Neoplatonism or the history of medicine and embryology.

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