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Divine Machines:
Leibniz and the Sciences of Life
Justin E. H. Smith

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Abbreviations ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1

Part One: First Things
Chapter One: "Que les philosophes medicinassent": Leibniz’s Encounter withMedicine and Its Experimental Context 25
Chapter Two: The "Hydraulico-Pneumatico-Pyrotechnical Machine of Quasi-Perpetual Motion": Leibniz on Animal Economy 59

Part Two: From Animal Economyto Subtle Anatomy
Chapter Three: Organic Bodies, Part I: Nature and Structure 97
Chapter Four: Organic Bodies, Part II: Context and Legacy 137

Part Three: The Origins of Organic Form
Chapter Five:The Divine Preformation of Organic Bodies 165 Chapter Six: Games of Nature, the Emergence of Organic Form, and theProblem of Spontaneity 197

Part Four: Species
Chapter Seven: The Nature and Boundaries of Biological Species 235
Appendixes
1. Directions Pertaining to the Institution of Medicine (1671) 275
2. The Animal Machine (1677) 288
3. The Human Body, Like That of Any Animal, Is a Sort of Machine (1680-86) 290
4. On Writing the New Elements of Medicine (1682-83) 297
5. On Botanical Method (1701) 303

Notes 311
Bibliography 357
Index 375

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