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A history of the earth and animated nature. Oliver Goldsmith (1728?-1774). Blackie and son, 1875.
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Titre : A history of the earth and animated nature, Volume 2
A History of the Earth and Animated Nature, Oliver Goldsmith
Auteur : Oliver Goldsmith.
Éditeur : Blackie and son, 1875
Original provenant de Université de Harvard
Oliver Goldsmith (1728?-1774) was an early 17th century Irish playwright and novelist whose exact birthplace and date are still disputed. After an unsuccessful medical career, Goldsmith turned his hand to writing. His most famous works include the 1773 novel The Vicar of Wakefield, and the play, She Stoops to Conquer, written in 1766 and first performed in 1773. Despite his literary fame and success, Goldsmith struggled financially throughout until his death. Towards the end of his life, Goldsmith became fascinated with the environment and sought to create a definitive text chronicling biological life on the planet. An History of the Earth, and Animated Naturewas known not only for the breadth of information about wildlife of all kinds, but also for its early distinction between the types of sciences. Early in the text Goldsmith carefully delineates the realms of general and material physics, as well as the role of nature and natural law, while speaking dismissively of a Supreme Being. In a main thematic piece that stretches through all eight volumes of the work, Goldsmith, a notable naturalist, exposes serious flaws within the naturalist position; he reveals the loose boundary between the most sensitive of plants and the most stationary and unresponsive of animals, and criticizes the popular notion of a well defined hierarchy in favor of a more loose continuum of sentient life
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