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Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 7 Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi

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Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 7
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
544 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 7
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  • Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 7 ISBN: 9782745322395 Hardback Dec 2011 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Language: French

The seventh volume of the Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, originally published in 1758, continues the description of the wild animals of France, and in accordance with the announced plan, Buffon and Daubenton are interested here in species which have less interest to humans. A large part of the volume is thus devoted to the series of "carnivorous animals", of which about ten species are treated (notably the wolf and the fox). The plan of the book then becomes more difficult to define, and at the end of this volume, as in the next, Buffon will approach species in no particular order, starting with various rodents (the squirrel, the rat, etc. ). Like previous volumes, this one aims at both accuracy of data, quality of style, and research of general views. In this respect, the introductory text, "The carnivorous animals", offers Buffon the opportunity to return to important scientific and philosophical questions, such as that of brain functions, and to continue his dialogue with Rousseau on the relationship between nature human and society.

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Le septième tome de l`Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière (1758), poursuit la description des animaux sauvages de France, et conformément au plan annoncé, Buffon et Daubenton s`intéressent ici à des espèces qui ont de moins en moins d`intérêt pour l`homme. Une grande partie du volume est ainsi consacrée à la série des "animaux carnassiers", dont une dizaine d`espèces sont traitées (notamment le loup et le renard). Le plan de l`ouvrage devient ensuite plus difficile à cerner, et à la fin de ce tome, comme dans le suivant, Buffon va aborder des espèces sans ordre particulier, en commençant par divers rongeurs (l`écureuil, le rat, etc.). Comme les volumes précédents, celui-ci vise à la fois à la précision des données, à la qualité du style et à la recherche des vues générales. À cet égard, le texte introductif, "Les animaux carnassiers", offre à Buffon l`occasion de revenir sur d`importantes questions scientifiques et philosophiques, comme celle des fonctions cérébrales, et de poursuivre son dialogue avec Rousseau sur le rapport entre la nature humaine et la société.

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Monograph
Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 7
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
544 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
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