The Mind and the Eye: A Study of the Biologist's Standpoint

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CUP Archive, Jan 2, 1954 - Psychology - 145 pages
Agnes Arber's international reputation is due in part to her exceptional ability to interpret the German tradition of scholarship for the English-speaking world. The Mind and the Eye is an erudite book, revealing its author's familiarity with philosophy from Plato and Aristotle through Aquinas to Kant and Hegel; but it is not dull, because the quiet enthusiasm of the author shines through. In this book she turns from the work of a specialist in one science to those wider questions which any scientist must ask at intervals. What, in short, is the relationship between the eye that sees and the mind that weighs and pronounces? An important feature of this Cambridge Science Classics reissue is the introduction provided by Professor P. R. Bell, who as a Cambridge botany student at the time that Agnes Arber was writing The Natural Philosopby of Plant Form, is uniquely able to set The Mind and the Eye in the context of contemporary biological research.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The mode of discovery in biology
17
The biologists use of analogy
32
Introduction
63
The basic assumptions of biology
76
Biological antitheses
92
Antitheses and dialectic
108
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