Forms, Souls and Embryos: Neoplatonists on Human Reproduction. Issues in ancient philosophy

London and New York: Routledge (2016)

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James Wilberding
Humboldt-University, Berlin
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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. http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2017/2017-04-40.html
Keywords Neoplatonism  Embryology  ancient science
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