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The Origins of Ancient Greek Science

Blood—A Philosophical Study

By Michael Boylan

© 2015 – Routledge

170 pages

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About the Book

This book examines the origins of ancient Greek science using the vehicles of blood, blood vessels, and the heart. Careful attention to biomedical writers in the ancient world, as well as to the philosophical and literary work of writers prior to the Hippocratic authors, produce an interesting story of how science progressed and the critical context in which important methodological questions were addressed. The end result is an account that arises from debates that are engaged in and "solved" by different writers. These stopping points form the foundation for Harvey and for modern philosophy of biology. Author Michael Boylan sets out the history of science as well as a critical evaluation based upon principles in the contemporary canon of the philosophy of science—particularly those dealing with the philosophy of biology.


"In sum, if the book has limitations, it tends to transcend them. Boylan does not give us an entirely new history of Greek science, but rather one expressed in a new language, reliant on strong tripartite divisions. The book is intended to be accessible to historians of medicine and philosophers of science, and a glossary of philosophical terms provides a handy reference for terms and symbols. Most readers will find something worthwhile—be it technical analyses of scientific viewpoints or detailed philosophical frameworks—in its pages" - Daniel Bertoni, University of Miami, BMCR

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction 1. Pre-Hippocratic Writers 2. The Hippocratic Writers: The Empiric and Dogmatic Strains of the Hippocratic Writings 3. Plato: The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Natural Science.4. Aristotle and His Theory of Nourishment 5. Galen Postscript: The Road to Harvey

About the Author

Michael Boylan (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He has delivered invited lectures in 15 countries on five continents. Most recently, he has spoken on Greek science at the American Philological Association; an international United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference in Pergamum, Turkey; and at the Sorbonne (Paris IV).

About the Series

Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

Forthcoming titles:

Thinking the Greeks: A Volume in Honour of James M. Redfield edited by Lillian Doherty and Bruce King

The Greek and Roman Trophy: From Battlefield Marker to Icon of Power by Lauren Kinnee

The Getae: Changing Landscapes of Colonization, Imperialism, and Memory edited by Ioana Oltean, Ligia Ruscu, and Dan Ruscu

Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers edited by Rob Collins and Tatiana Ivleva

Divinations and Systems of Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity edited by Crystal Addey and Victoria Leonard

Villas and Values: The Cultural and Competitive Lives of Rome's Elites by Hannah Platts

The Doctor in Roman Law and Society by Molly Jones-Lewis



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
SCIENCE / History