Preformation and pre-existence in the seventeenth century: A brief analysis

@article{Bowler1971PreformationAP,
  title={Preformation and pre-existence in the seventeenth century: A brief analysis},
  author={Peter J. Bowler},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={1971},
  volume={4},
  pages={221-244}
}
  • P. Bowler
  • Published 1971
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Biology
ConclusionIt is beyond the scope of this paper to describe in detail the rise to popularity of the emboîtement theories during the last decades of the seventeenth century.51 Eventually the theories did gain great influence, but some points emerging from the above discussion indicate that the rise to popularity was not, perhaps, quite as rapid as has sometimes been assumed.52 Although the earlier preformation theories were sometimes regarded as the ancestors of the later ideas,53 there was… 

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