Sunday, July 9, 2017


quelle que soit la théorie que nous adoptions

Ce calcul s’est révélé vain

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ce calcul s’est révélé vain

Ce calcul s’est révélé vain

quelle que soit la théorie que nous adoptions

Thursday, May 11, 2017


à penser qu'un concept ne peut d'abord apparaître que dans le context dune théorie ou du moins dans une inspiration heuristique homogènes à ceux dans lesquels les faits d'observation correspondants seront plus tard interpréte.
To think that a concept can first appear only in the context of a theory or at least in a heuristic inspiration homogeneous to those in which the corresponding facts of observation will later be interpreted.
√ Canguilhem reflex introduction
110-144 in Carter.
ch. 3 in D. Brown (55-73)

Willis AB ch. 1

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


√ Peter King on Scholasticism.
√ Finish Hall's intro to Descartes Of Man
√Ch. 2 in D. Brown Descartes and the passionate mind.
+/- Hatfield on Descartes psychophysiology.
110-144 in Carter.
ch. 3 in D. Brown (55-73)

Monday, May 1, 2017


Rather on Sydenham and Willis
Dewhurst on Willis as a doctor

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Grissom dissertation with chapter on willis and plague.
chapters in zimmer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


√ continue reading Bynum
--> begin rereading DAB
--> turn to Steno's critique of W.
--> start Wright Locke, Willis... (1991)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


√ Finish Bos Humoral psychology. [There is no place for humors in Descartes mechanism. Willis is the culmination of the substitution of corpuscles for humors in explaining mind body interaction]
--> Aristotle Problems ch XXX on melancholia & black bile.
check Crignon for ref to Harvey & Willis and comparative anatomy.
--> Nedham quote ranking Willis along with Harvey as inovaters.
From Wolfe's discussion of comparative anatomy --> Start Bynum on anatomical method.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Towards a Reassessment of Renaissance Aristotelianism

Charles B. Schmitt. Hist. Sci., xi (1973), 159-193
1. there were many Renaissance 'aristotelianisms' [160]
2. Thomism, Scotism etc continued into the R. and became more fragmented.
3. While Aristotelianism and scholasticism are to some extent coextensive their differences should not be lost sight of [161]
             a. scholasticism = tradition of school and university textbooks.
4. there always critics and opponents of A…ism.
5. A…ism was still in full bloom for most of the 17th c.
              a. when Gassendi taught a non A. course at Aix it was considered unusual.
6. new materials were accepted into the curriculum while traditional elements were retained
7. in the Laudian Statutes of 1636 the basic strucure of A…ian instructure underwent few changes. In fact, the same works of Aristotle --the Organon, Physics, De caelo, De anima, Metaphysics, Ethics and Politics-- were maintained tha the core of he curriculum.This was at a time when new chairs in various subjects, including fields which had never been taught in the university before were being introduced with some frequency [163, note 22]. In fact the basic Aristotelian structure of the university during that period seems to occasion more alarm and indignation on the part of recent interpreters than it provoked in the 16th and 17th centuries
8. the anatomical teachings of Vesalius and Faloppio were quickly absorbed by Aristotelians [171]
9. we find a blossoming of discussions on scientific methodology during the Renaissance, in part stimulated by the emphasis placed on the study of th Posterior analytics in the statutes of universities of the time.
10. the notion of regressus (the use of a twofold 'method', in which both analytic and synthetic procedures were included ... became a practical procedure for the investigation of natural physical science
11. Harvey's methodological debt to A. is explicit in his introduction to de generatione...the principles of scientific investigation used in his work are derived from Posterior analytics.