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    Plants as Machines: History, Philosophy and Practical Consequences of an Idea.Sophie Gerber & Quentin Hiernaux - 2022 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 35 (1):1-24.
    This paper elucidates the philosophical origins of the conception of plants as machines and analyses the contemporary technical and ethical consequences of that thinking. First, we explain the historical relationship between the explicit animal machine thesis of Descartes and the implicit plant machine thesis of today. Our hypothesis is that, although it is rarely discussed, the plant machine thesis remains influential. We define the philosophical criteria for both a moderate and radical interpretation of the thesis. Then, assessing the compatibility of (...)
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    History and epistemology of plant behaviour: a pluralistic view?Quentin Hiernaux - 2019 - Synthese 198 (4):3625-3650.
    Some biologists now argue in favour of a pluralistic approach to plant activities, understandable both from the classical perspective of physiological mechanisms and that of the biology of behaviour involving choices and decisions in relation to the environment. However, some do not hesitate to go further, such as plant “neurobiologists” or philosophers who today defend an intelligence, a mind or even a plant consciousness in a renewed perspective of these terms. To what extent can we then adhere to pluralism in (...)
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    Cesalpino and Aristotelian Science.Corentin Tresnie & Quentin Hiernaux - 2024 - In CSMBR Series.
    In 1583 the Italian botanist and physician Andrea Cesalpino (1524–1603) published De Plantis Libri XVI, considered to be the first treatise where botany is treated independently from medicine. In so doing, he broke with a long tradition inherited in Western science from Antiquity and perpetuated during the Middle Ages through the early Renaissance. At the same time, Cesalpino grounded his new approach in an original but well-informed interpretation of Aristotelian epistemology. This allowed the Italian philosopher to propose his own naturalistic (...)
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    The Ethics of Plant Flourishing and Agricultural Ethics: Theoretical Distinctions and Concrete Recommendations in Light of the Environmental Crisis.Quentin Hiernaux - 2021 - Philosophies 6 (4):91.
    Many activities towards plants are directly related to environmental crisis issues. However, our actions towards plants are little theorized in philosophy and ethics. After a brief presentation of the history, state of the art, and current issues of plant ethics, I critically illustrate how the theoretical threads of current ethics should be clarified, and, more importantly, contextualised, to promote the application of concrete measures. Particular attention is paid to the ethics of plant flourishing as applied to different fields and types (...)
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    Aristotelian metaphysics of the vegetative soul and early modern plant physiology : a comparison of plant functions in Aristotle, pseudo-aristotle, and Cesalpino.Quentin Hiernaux & Corentin Tresnie - 2023 - In Fabrizio Baldassarri & Craig Edwin Martin (eds.), Andrea Cesalpino and Renaissance Aristotelianism. New York: Bloomsbury.
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    Compte rendu de Otávio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen, Melinda Bonnie Fagan (eds.), Individuation, process, and scientific practices.Quentin Hiernaux - 2023 - Lato Sensu: Revue de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences 10 (1):111-116.
    Compte rendu de Otavio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen, Melinda Bonnie Fagan (eds), Individuation, process, and scientific practices.
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  7. Le statut du végétal dans Fūdo de Watsuji.Quentin Hiernaux - 2017 - European Journal of Japanese Philosophy 2:159-177.
    Apres avoir introduit les concepts de base de Fūdo, je propose une interpretation du texte problematisee autour du statut de la vegetation. Il s’agira de montrer pourquoi et comment la place que tient la vegetation joue un role mediateur fondamental en tant que principe de premiere importance, y compris et surtout ici pour la vie humaine decrite par Watsuji. Ce faisant, l’objectif est double. D’une part, montrer, a la suite d’Augustin Berque, la coherence de la visee mesologique initiale de l’auteur (...)
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    Philosophie du végétal.Quentin Hiernaux & Benoît Timmermans (eds.) - 2018
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  9. Andrea Cesalpino's De Plantis Libri XVI (1583) and the transformation of medical botany in the 16th century: Edition, translation, and commentary on Book I.Corentin Tresnie & Quentin Hiernaux - 2023 - De Gruyter.
    In 1583 the Italian botanist and physician Andrea Cesalpino (1524-1603) published De Plantis Libri XVI, made of 16 books (libri), considered to be the first treatise where botany is treated independently from medicine. In so doing, he broke with a long tradition inherited in Western science from Antiquity and perpetuated during the Middle Age through the early Renaissance. De Plantis lays the foundations of scientific systematics through a new focus on plant morphology and natural similarities and became a milestone in (...)
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