Botanophilia in Eighteenth-Century France

Botanophilia in Eighteenth-Century France : The Spirit of the Enlightenment

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The book describes the innovations that enabled botany, in the Eighteenth century, to emerge as an independent science, independent from medicine and herbalism. This encompassed the development of a reliable system for plant classification and the invention of a nomenclature that could be universally applied and understood. The key that enabled Linnaeus to devise his classification system was the discovery of the sexuality of plants. The book, which is intended for the educated general reader, proceeds to illustrate how many aspects of French life were permeated by this revolution in botany between about 1760 to 1815, a botanophilia sometimes inflated into botanomania. The reader should emerge with a clearer understanding of what the Enlightenment actually was in contrast to some popular second-hand ideas today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 197 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 14.22mm | 1,030g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2001 ed.
  • V, 197 p.
  • 079236886X
  • 9780792368861
  • 2,363,798

Table of contents

Prologue. Sebastien Valliant and the Sexuality of Plants. Linnaeus, Prince of Botanists. Bernard de Jussieu and the Petit Trianon. The Buffon Phenomenon. From Jussieu to Candolle. Plants and Medical Practices. The Amiable Science and Sensibility. Public Botanophilia: Floras. Public Botanophilia: Learned Societies and Eminent Botanophiles. Painting and Gardening: The Blending of Science and Art. The Botanophiles Confront Deforestation. Epilogue. Finale. Bibliography. Index.
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