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Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment

By: Peter Hanns Reill
388 pages, no illustrations
Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment
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  • Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment ISBN: 9780520241350 Hardback May 2005 Out of stock with supplier: order now to get this when available
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This far-reaching study redraws the intellectual map of the Enlightenment and boldly reassesses the legacy of that highly influential period for us today. Peter Hanns Reill argues that in the middle of the eighteenth century, a major shift occurred in the way Enlightenment thinkers conceived of nature that caused many of them to reject the prevailing doctrine of mechanism and turn to a vitalistic model to account for phenomena in natural history, the life sciences, and chemistry. As he traces the ramifications of this new way of thinking through time and across disciplines, Reill provocatively complicates our understanding of the way key Enlightenment thinkers viewed nature. His sophisticated analysis ultimately questions postmodern narratives that have assumed a monolithic Enlightenment - characterized by the dominance of instrumental reason - that has led to many of the disasters of modern life.


Acknowledgments Introduction Prologue: The Humboldt Brothers Confront Nature's Sublimity 1. Storming "the Temple of Error": Buffon, the Historie naturelle, and the Midcentury Origins of Enlightenment Vitalism 2. Learning to "Read the Book of Nature": Vitalizing Chemistry in the Late Enlightenment 3. "Within the Circle of Organized Life" 4. The Metamorphoses of Change 5. From Enlightenment Vitalism to Romantic Naturphilosophie Epilogue: From the Foot of Chimborazo to the Flatlands of Europe Alexander von Humboldt's Dilemma Reprise: What is Enlightenment? What isn't Enlightenment? Notes Bibliography Index

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Peter Hanns Reill is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also Director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Reill is author of The German Enlightenment and the Rise of Historicism (1975), and editor or coeditor of What's Left of Enlightenment? A Postmodern Question (2001), Wissenschaft als kulturelle Praxis, 1750-1900 (1999), Encyclopedia of Enlightenment (1996), and Visions of Empire: Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature (1996).
By: Peter Hanns Reill
388 pages, no illustrations
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