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Tuesday, 22 February 2005
William Harvey's Conceptual’ Teleology:  Goal-directed Causation in De conceptione
Jim Lennox, U.
Pittsburgh (HPS/CPS)
12:05 pm
, 817R Cathedral of Learning


Abstract:  In William Harvey's Exercitationes de generatione animalium (Investigations of animal generation) he articulates a mystery regarding animal generation, but candidly admits he does not solve it.  However, in a little essay appended to EGA entitled De conceptione (On conception) he provides a speculative solution--and derives a general model of causality for generation from that solution.  After explaining the mystery and William Harvey's 'conceptual' solution, I provide an analysis and interpretation of Harvey's model of generative causality.  The goal of doing so is to achieve a deeper understanding of William Harvey's Aristotelianism.

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