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Man on His Nature 1937–1938

Charles Scott Sherrington

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In setting out on his study of Man on His Nature, Sherrington establishes that his purpose is assessing the advances of the natural sciences as a frame for the development of natural theology. In establishing this as his intention, it makes sense that he should orientate his work around a study of the sixteenth-century physician Jean Fernel. Beginning with Fernelís own philosophical penetrations into the understanding of the nature of man and then drawing on a variety of philosophical theories, Sherrington uses the study as a point of reference for his own physiologically enlightened study of the body and the mind and their place in the universe. Ultimately, Sherrington argues that science has cleared away a superstitious and dependent universe. This leaves humanity with ultimate responsibility, recognition of which he hopes will lead to altruism.
R. Scott Spurlock
University of Edinburgh

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OnlineCambridge University Press1940
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Templeton Press