Medical Science and Human Science in the Enlightenment

Roy Porter

in Inventing Human Science

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780520200104
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916227 | DOI:
Medical Science and Human Science in the Enlightenment

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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

Chapter.  15363 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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