Cesalpino, Andrea

Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (2016)
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Andrea Cesalpino is an important figure in the history of science. He demonstrated that blood circulates into heart from veins and from the heart to arteries, paving the way to Harvey’s complete description of blood circulation. Moreover, he was the founder of botany as a systematic discipline, which he based, rather than on the observation of accidental similarities of plants, on the discovery of their vegetative-generative principle. In philosophy, he attempted to conciliate the immortality of the soul (i.e., the form of the body) with the existence of a unique immaterial intellect, which is individuated and multiplied in the singular souls that participate to it.

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Andrea Strazzoni
Università di Torino


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