Rhetoric and Natural History

Buffon in Polemical and Literary Context

Jeff Loveland

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ISBN: 9780729407472

Publication: March 1, 2001

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2001:03

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This book examines the rhetorical dimension of eighteenth-century natural history. It focuses on the French naturalist and literary stylist Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, author of the bestselling multi-volume Histoire naturelle (1749-1789). Natural history as Buffon and his contemporaries knew it remains a fascinating object of study for its breadth, its cultural openness, and its disorderly energy. Rhetoric here is understood as a set of techniques for attracting and persuading an audience. As a contribution both to literary studies and to the history of science, Rhetoric and natural history adds to our understanding of the intellectual culture of the French Enlightenment.

Acknowledgment

Abbreviations

Introduction

1 Style

2 Final causes

3 The chain of being 

4 Systems and theories 

5 Mathematics

6 Nominalism

Conclusion 

List of works cited

Index

'Ce livre [...] représente une étude subtile et intéressante de l'œuvre d'une très grande figure des Lumières.'
- Revue de synthèse


 

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

225 Pages

Copyright: © 2001

ISBN: 9780729407472

Publication: March 1, 2001

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2001:03

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