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Jan Swammerdam and the limits of preformationism

Escribano Cabeza, Miguel (2019) Jan Swammerdam and the limits of preformationism. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (3). pp. 423-439. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This paper takes an organicist perspective of Jan Swammerdam’s conception of metamorphis which allows us to identify a continuity betweem W. Harvey’s epigenetism and G.W. Leibniz’ preformationism – two historically opposed perspectives. In line with this reading, I provide a critical assessment of the different preformationist interpretations of Swammerdam. The thesis that I defend in this paper is that the idea of preformation does not imply so much a theory about the origin of the embryo but a model of ontogenetic development that cannot be catalogued as mechanistic or as vitalist.


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Escribano Cabeza, Miguelmiguel.escribano@ehu.eus0000-0002-6765-256X
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Jan Swammerdam, metamorphosis, preformationism, epigenesis, organicism, William Harvey, G.W. Leibniz
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 00:29
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 00:29
Item ID: 16712
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.20336
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: September 2019
Page Range: pp. 423-439
Volume: 34
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16712

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