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In this study Dr. Gregory examines how Diderot borrowed from Lucretius, Buffon, Maupertuis, and probability theory, and combined ideas from these sources in an innovative fashion to hypothesize that species are mutable and that all life arose randomly from a single prototype.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415955515
ISBN-10: 0415955513
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Gregory

Mary Gregory is a scholar of the French Enlightenment. For the past ten years she has been researching Diderot's views regarding the metamorphosis of species in four of his texts, namely, the Pensees philosophiques (1746), the Lettre sur les aveugles a l'usage de ceux qui voient (1749), the Pensees sur l'interpretation de la nature (1753), and the trilogy, the Entretien entre d'Alembert et Diderot (1769), the Reve de d'Alembert (1769), and the Suite de l'Entretien (1769).

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