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5.0 out of 5 stars Great essay about the history of ideas, 18 Mar 2002
This review is from: The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea (The William James Lectures) (Paperback)
One of the best biologists of our times, Ernst Mayr, said about this book: "I learned more from the Great Chain of Being than from any other book I have ever read". Lovejoy follows the idea of 'scala naturae' from the beginning to the XVIII Century, when it faded in the birth of evolutionism. His book is one of the best essays about the history of the ideas. The concept of a great chain of being is one of the most famous ideas of Occidental philosophy, science and poetry, and it has been one of the most widely familiar conception of the general scheme of things, of the constitutive pattern of the universe.
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