What Ever Happened to Francis Glisson? Albrecht Haller and the Fate of Eighteenth-Century Irritability

  title={What Ever Happened to Francis Glisson? Albrecht Haller and the Fate of Eighteenth-Century Irritability},
  author={Guido Giglioni},
  journal={Science in Context},
  pages={465 - 493}
  • Guido Giglioni
  • Published 1 December 2008
  • Medicine, Philosophy
  • Science in Context
Argument This article investigates the reasons behind the disappearance of Francis Glisson's theory of irritability during the eighteenth century. At a time when natural investigations were becoming increasingly polarized between mind and matter in the attempt to save both man's consciousness and the inert nature of the res extensa, Glisson's notion of a natural perception embedded in matter did not satisfy the new science's basic injunction not to superimpose perceptions and appetites on… Expand
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