A study of scientific naturalism in the Enlightenment. In tracing the materialism of Diderot, La Mettrie, Buffon, and D'Holbach to its sources, it offers a fresh appraisal of the total influence of Descartes on the Enlightenment.
Originally published in 1953.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- PREFACE, pg. v
- CONTENTS, pg. vii
- CHAPTER I. AN ASPECT OF THE CARTESIAN HERITAGE, pg. 1
- CHAPTER II. FROM DESCARTES'S MONDE TO THE WORLDS OF DIDEROT AND MATERIALIST SCIENCE, pg. 47
- CHAPTER III. SCIENTIFIC METHOD FROM DESCARTES TO THE PHILOSOPHES, pg. 135
- CHAPTER IV. FROM CARTESIAN MECHANISTIC BIOLOGY TO THE MAN-MACHINE AND EVOLUTIONARY MATERIALISM, pg. 203
- CHAPTER V. SUMMATION, pg. 291
- BIBLIOGRAPHY, pg. 323
- INDEX, pg. 333
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