Limit search to available items
Book Cover

Title Jakob von Uexküll and philosophy : life, environments, anthropology / edited by Francesca Michelini and Kristian Köchy
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xv, 266 pages)
Series History and philosophy of biology
History and philosophy of biology (Routledge (Firm))
Summary "By some dismissed as the last of the anti-Darwinians, his fame as a rigorous biologist even tainted by an alleged link to National Socialist ideology, it is undeniable that Jakob von Uexküll (1864-1944) was eagerly read by many philosophers across the spectrum of philosophical schools, from Scheler to Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze, from Heidegger to Blumenberg and Agamben. What has then allowed his name to survive the misery of history as well as the usually fatal gap between science and humanities? This collection of essays attempts for the first time to make justice of Uexküll's theoretical impact on Western culture. By highlighting his importance for philosophy, the book aims to contribute to the general interpretation of the relationship between biology and philosophy in the last century and explore the often neglected connection between continental philosophy and the sciences of life. Thanks to the exploration of Uexküll's conceptual legacy, the origins of cybernetics, the overcoming of metaphysical dualisms, and a refined understanding of organisms appear variedly interconnected. Uexküll's background and his relevance in current debates are thoroughly examined as to appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers in fields such as history of the life sciences, philosophy of biology, critical animal studies, philosophical anthropology, biosemiotics and biopolitics"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Francesca Michelini is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kassel (Germany). Her main fields of research are the antireductionist theories of life and the bridging of continental philosophy and science. She is author of many publications on the topic of philosophical anthropology, philosophy of the life sciences, teleological explanations in nature, and autonomy in biology (among others: The Living and the Deficiency. Essays on Teleology 2011, in Italian). Kristian Kc̲hy is a biologist and Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Kassel (Germany). His research focuses on the areas of philosophy of science and the history of the life sciences, natural philosophy and the philosophy of animal-human relations. He is author of an introduction on Biophilosophy (2008, in German) and co-editor of a three-volume collection on the philosophy of animal research (Philosophie der Tierforschung, 2016-2018)
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 16, 2020)
Subject Uexküll, Jakob von, 1864-1944
Uexküll, Jakob von, 1864-1944.
Biologists -- Germany -- Biography
Biology -- Philosophy -- History -- 19th century
Biology -- Philosophy -- History -- 20th century
Biology -- Philosophy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Köchy, Kristian, editor
Michelini, Francesca, editor
LC no. 2019043311
ISBN 0429279094