Bloody analogical reasoning

TitleBloody analogical reasoning
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsProvijn, D
Secondary AuthorsWeber, E, Wouters, D, Meheus, J
Book TitleLogic, Reasoning, and Rationality

In this paper I will study some of William Harvey’s applications of analogies in the Prelectiones Anatomiae Universalis and the Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus. I will show that Harvey applied analogies in many different ways and that some contributed to the discovery of the characteristic ‘action’ of the heart and pulse and even to the discovery of the blood circulation. The discovery process will be approached as a problem solving process as described in Batens’ contextual model. The focus on constraints allows to see Harvey both as a modern because of his extensive use of experimental results and as strongly influenced by an Aristotelian ‘natural philosophy interpretation’ of anatomy and physiology as, for instance, propagated by Fabricius of Aquapendente.

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