Forms, Souls, and Embryos: Neoplatonists on Human Reproduction

1st Edition

James Wilberding

Published July 18, 2016
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138955271 - CAT# Y206626
Series: Issues in Ancient Philosophy

CHOICE 2018 Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner


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Forms, Souls, and Embryos allows readers coming from different backgrounds to appreciate the depth and originality with which the Neoplatonists engaged with and responded to a number of philosophical questions central to human reproduction, including: What is the causal explanation of the embryo’s formation? How and to what extent are Platonic Forms involved?  In what sense is a fetus ‘alive,’ and when does it become a human being?   Where does the embryo’s soul come from, and how is it connected to its body? This is the first full-length study in English of this fascinating subject, and is a must-read for anyone interested in Neoplatonism or the history of  medicine and embryology.

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