Pietro Corsi

Pietro Corsi
University of Oxford | OX · Faculty of History

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More quoted than read, Lamarck remains known for the much derided example of the giraffe stretching her neck to reach higher leaves. An example that occurs only tree times in his published corpus. The book argues that to read Lamarck in his own time is much more interesting and fascinating than to ask the meaningless question of whether he was or n...
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The main corpus of the present volume is offers case studies of institutions established or flourishing in the second half of the XIXth century, in the heydays of anthropology and ethnography, or within the context of a seemingly radical critique of their funding presuppositions, as it is the case with the relatively recent ethnographic museum of S...
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The word ‘periodical’ immediately calls to mind huge stacks of bound volumes neatly arranged on library shelves. Yet, in historical terms, it would be hard to claim that ‘periodical’ is a word endowed with a definite and univocal connotation. Even the criterion of ‘periodicity’ leaves a lot out of account. Forms historically assumed by periodicals...
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There is no doubt that traditionally the history of evolutionary ideas has been and is Darwin-centred. I have no dispute with this, being a convinced “Darwinian”, in spite of years of work I have devoted to study Lamarck and the many non-Darwinian theories of evolution current in Europe and the United States before and after 1859. Whereas historian...
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Traditionally, the history of science has been by a large extent concerned with monitoring and investigating major advances in the mathematical and physical sciences, from the scientific revolution to today's achievements. Attention has also been devoted to a number of issues in the history of chemistry and of biology, though studies on the chemica...
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Established on 12 December 1861, soon after the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy in January 1861, the Geological Survey of the peninsula enjoyed a remarkably difficult life, and achieved remarkably little. Since its inception, the rivalry between academic geologists and the engineers of the Royal Mining Corps acting as field surveyors did much...
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Credited as one of the first propounder of the term "biology", Lamarck referred to it only a handful of times, often to say that he did not wish to pursue the project of establishing a new science for life phenomena. The hesitation was the result of wider social, political and personal factors.
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Lack of consideration of the complex European scientific scene from the late 18th century to the mid-decades of the 19th century has produced partial and often biased reconstructions of priorities, worries, implicit and explicit philosophical and at times political agendas characterizing the early debates on species. It is the purpose of this paper...
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Parution : G. B. Vai et W. Cavazza, ed, Four centuries of the word 'Geology', Ulisse Aldrovandi 1603 in Bologna, Minerva Edizioni, Bologna, 2003, pp. 255-279
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Parution : G. B. Vai et W. Cavazza, ed, Four centuries of the word 'Geology', Ulisse Aldrovandi 1603 in Bologna, Minerva Edizioni, Bologna, 2003, pp. 255-279
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Lamarck's teaching attracted nearly a thousand students. At least forty of them were (or became) pharmacists. Many practised in chemist's or military dispensaries. Some were known as scientists, either chemists (Braconnot, Duspasquier, Macaire), botanists (Bonnemaison, Nestler, Robert) or naturalists and travellers (Aucher-Elroy, Fontanier). Furthe...
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Pres de mille auditeurs ont suivi le cours de zoologie des invertebres professe par Lamarck au Museum national d'histoire naturelle entre 1795 et 1823. Parmi ceux-ci on a deja identifie pour l'instant 44 pharmaciens ou eleves en pharmacie. A cote de ceux qui ont exerce leur profession dans le cadre d'une officine ou d'un hopital militaire se detach...
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Parution : Storia dell'Università di Pisa, Giardini Editore, Pisa, 2001, vol. 2, t. 3, pp. 889-927
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Dans la communication "Célébrer Lamarck" (ce volume, p. 51), on a constaté que les mythes sur Lamarck véhiculés par une longue tradition historiographique ont souvent conditionné, et d'une façon radicale, les lignes de recherche sur sa vie et son oeuvre. Le parti pris d'origine cuvierienne faisant de Lamarck un individu seul et isolé du monde scien...
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Les anniversaires, qu'il s'agisse de célébrer les vingt-cinq, cinquante ou cent ans d'un événement, sont souvent, on le sait, des manifestations purement glorificatrices, au cours desquelles, grâce à la reconstruction des activités et de la figure plus ou moins héroïque du décédé, on reconstitue des identités de groupe ou de nation, on revendique p...
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Lawrence I Conrad, Michael Neve, Vivian Nutton, Roy Porter, Andrew Wear Cambridge University Press, pounds sterling24.95, pp 556 ISBN 0 521 47564 3Covering 2600 years of Western medical history in less than 500 pages could be regarded as an accomplishment in itself—and the mere listing of the contents of The Western Medical Tradition would take up...
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RIASSUNTO L'articolo esamina il dibattito sulla metodologia dell'economia politica che anima i circoli intellettuali anglicani degli inizi del diciannovesimo secolo. Ad Oxford, l'approccio all'economia politica era fortemente condizionato dalla riflessione critica sulle proposte epistemologiche avanzate da Dugald Stewart nel suo Elements of the Phi...
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Des sujets fondamentaux, des personnages clefs de l'histoire de la pensée biologique ont été évoqué au cours de ce colloque, lors des interventions des nombreux collègues et amis qui y ont participé. Certains d'entre vous doivent penser que Julien Joseph Virey ne mérite peut-être pas de siéger aux côtés d'Aristote, Linné ou Charles Bonnet même si,...
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A la fin du XIXe siècle, des naturalistes tracèrent l'histoire des idées transformistes en Italie, à travers les œuvres de G. Gautieri, M. Foderà, F. A. Bonelli et F. C. Marmocchi. Une analyse de leurs travaux et une appréciation critique comparée de l'information dont on dispose sur leurs activités ont remis en question la caractérisation de "lama...
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Dans sa communication documentée concernant la diffusion des idées de Charles Darwin et des doctrines évolutionnistes en Italie, le Pr Giuseppe Montalenti a mis l'accent sur les événements politiques, philosophiques, et plus généralement culturels, qui, depuis les premières décennies de notre siècle, ont opposé un obstacle important à l'approfondis...
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Recently there has been considerable revaluation of the development of natural sciences in the early nineteenth century, dealing among other things with the works and ideas of Charles Lyell. The task of interpreting Lyell in balanced terms is extremely complex because his activities covered many fields of research, and because his views have been u...

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