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Christopher Fox, Roy Porter, and Robert Wokler

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520200104

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520200104.001.0001

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Medical Science and Human Science in the Enlightenment

Medical Science and Human Science in the Enlightenment

(p.53) Three Medical Science and Human Science in the Enlightenment
Inventing Human Science

Roy Porter

University of California Press

This chapter is divided into two halves, tackling two questions: How far, and in what ways, did eighteenth-century medicine seek to become “scientific”? And, how was eighteenth-century medicine involved in Enlightenment ambitions to create a science of man? In addressing both, the chapter aims to uncover the ideologies of the past, raising questions regarding the roots of our notions of the affinities between medicine and science, between natural and social science, and between biology and culture.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, human science, social science, natural science, medicine

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