Medicine and Science of Man: Paul-Joseph Barthez and the Montpellier School
Publisher: FedOA Press (Federico II University Press).
Series: School of Human and Social Sciences. Working Papers.
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.
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