David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 32 (1):153-168 (2001)
It is well known that Harvey was influenced by Aristotle. This paper seeks to show that Harvey's quantitative argument for the circulation and his analogy of the heart with a pump do not go beyond Aristotle and may even have been inspired by passages in Aristotle. It also considers the fact that Harvey gives much greater prominence to a macrocosm/microcosm analogy between the weather cycle and the circulation of the blood than he does to the pump analogy. This analogy is prominent in both the preface to the king and pivotal chapter eight of De Motu Cordis, and may indicate a significant influence from the Renaissance natural magic tradition. The full implications of this analogy are critical for Harvey's conception of the nature of the circulation, especially the constant interconversion of venous and arterial blood and the passage of blood through the lungs. The tendency to assume that Harvey had a superior method since he made such an important discovery may have led not only to overestimation of the influence from the new science of the seventeenth century, but also to underestimation of influence from the magical tradition.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
A. E. Harvey (1992). Book Review : The Morals of Jesus, by Nicholas Peter Harvey. London, Darton Longman and Todd, 1991. Xiii + 112 Pp. 6.95. [REVIEW] Studies in Christian Ethics 5 (1):74-75.
Roger M. White (2009). Talking About God: The Concept of Analogy and the Problem of Religious Language. Ashgate Pub. Ltd..
Peter John Harvey (1978). Aristotle on Truth and Falsity In. Journal of the History of Philosophy 16 (2).
Kathryn Sensen (2008). On the Nature of Friendship in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In Harvey Claflin Mansfield, Sharon R. Krause & Mary Ann McGrail (eds.), The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield. Lexington Books.
Harvey C. Mansfield Jr (1980). Marx on Aristotle: Freedom, Money, and Politics. Review of Metaphysics 34 (2):351 - 367.
Eric S. Petrie (2008). Aristotle and Liberalism. In Harvey Claflin Mansfield, Sharon R. Krause & Mary Ann McGrail (eds.), The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield. Lexington Books.
Alan Salter & Charles T. Wolfe (2009). “Empiricism Contra Experiment: Harvey, Locke and the Revisionist View of Experimental Philosophy”. Bulletin d'histoire et d'épistémologie des sciences de la vie 16 (2):113-140.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #154,633 of 1,410,134 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #107,954 of 1,410,134 )
How can I increase my downloads?