History and Philosophy Of Science | History of Physiology from the 18th through the 20th centuries
X326 | 27883 | Jutta Schickore


This course traces the rise of physiology from the late eighteenth
through the early twentieth centuries. We will study the key
questions that occupied physiologists and explore how new practices,
technologies, and institutions helped shape the modern scientific
approach to life and the body. We will consider important debates
that were fuelled by the development of physiology, such as the
mind-body problem and the fervent controversies about animal
experimentation and vivisection. We will also see that the
physiologists’ instruments, methods, and ideals had considerable
impact on other disciplines, from physics and philosophy to
literature and the arts.