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Filosofia naturale e medicina nella teoria buridaniana della generazione

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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2020 - 1
title Filosofia naturale e medicina nella teoria buridaniana della generazione
Natural Philosophy and Medicine in John Buridan’s Theory of Generation
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000175
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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This article examines the key-aspects of John Buridan’s theory of human generation by consideringb his commentary on pseudo-Albert the Great’s De secretis mulierum. In qq. 3-7 of the treatise, the roles of male and female in reproduction are especially put under investigation. This topic was at core of late medieval theories of generation and belongs to a broader debate on the opposite views on human biology held by the philosophical and the medical traditions, i.e., to the so-called «controversy between philosophers and physicians». With this analysis of Buridan’s text, Buridan’s acquaintance with the medical knowledge will be pointed out, together with his willingness to introduce medical elements in his natural philosophy in order to shape his theory of human reproduction. This will contribute to shed new light on the relationship between (natural) philosophy and medicine in the Fourteenth century.

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John Buridan, De secretis mulierum, Human Generation, Natural Philosophy, Medicine

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Radboud University, Nijmegen - Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

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