The mechanical life of plants: Descartes on botany

@article{Baldassarri2019TheML,
  title={The mechanical life of plants: Descartes on botany},
  author={Fabrizio Baldassarri},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2019},
  volume={52},
  pages={41 - 63}
}
  • Fabrizio Baldassarri
  • Published 2019
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract In this article, I argue that the French philosopher René Descartes was far more involved in the study of plants than has been generally recognized. We know that he did not include a botanical section in his natural philosophy, and sometimes he differentiated between plants and living bodies. His position was, moreover, characterized by a methodological rejection of the catalogues of plants. However, this paper reveals a significant trend in Descartes's naturalistic pursuits, starting… Expand
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