Diderot and the Metamorphosis of Species

Diderot and the Metamorphosis of Species

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In this study Dr. Gregory examines how Diderot borrowed from Lucretius, Buffon, Maupertuis, and probability theory, and combined ideas from these sources in an innovative fashion to hypothesize that species are mutable and that all life arose randomly from a single prototype.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 430g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138967688
  • 9781138967687

About Mary Gregory

Mary Gregory is a scholar of the French Enlightenment. For the past ten years she has been researching Diderot's views regarding the metamorphosis of species in four of his texts, namely, the Pensees philosophiques (1746), the Lettre sur les aveugles a l'usage de ceux qui voient (1749), the Pensees sur l'interpretation de la nature (1753), and the trilogy, the Entretien entre d'Alembert et Diderot (1769), the Reve de d'Alembert (1769), and the Suite de l'Entretien (1769).show more

Table of contents

Introduction * Chaos, Flux, Time, and Probability * Embryology, Epigenesis, and the Metamorphosis of Species * Spontaneous Generation * The Chain of Beings * The Mutability of Species * The Ascent of Consciousness Conclusion Notes Bibliography Indexshow more