Medicine and Science of Man: Paul-Joseph Barthez and the Montpellier School


Raffaele Carbone
"Federico II" University of Naples



Publisher: FedOA Press (Federico II University Press).

Series: School of Human and Social Sciences. Working Papers.

Pages: 188.

Languages: Italian; English.


Abstract: This book focuses on the new anthropology elaborated by the physicians-philosophers of Montpellier in the second half of the 18th century, in particular, Paul-Joseph Barthez (1734-1806). In the wake of scepticism and empiricism, Barthez plans a science of man which rests upon physiological foundations and assimilates the respective resources of medicine and philosophical reflection. This essay first reconstructs the historical-cultural context in which the author’s writings came into being; second, it examines the texts in which its science of man takes shape, by highlighting the methodology, conceptual tools and theoretical implications.

Author Biography

Raffaele Carbone, "Federico II" University of Naples

Raffaele Carbone collaborates with the Department of Humanities at the Federico II University in Naples. He was fellow at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Mairie de Paris “Research in Paris” Programme), adjunct professor at the Paul Valéry University-Montpellier 3, visiting scholar at the Collegium de Lyon, the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Paris. He wrote two monographs: Infini et science de l’homme. L’horizon et les paysages de l’anthropologie chez Malebranche (La Città del sole-Vrin, 2007) and Différence e mélange in Montaigne. Mostri, metamorfosi, mescolamenti (Mimesis, 2013). He has also edited various collective volumes and is the author of a number of articles on figures and problems of modern philosophy.

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