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The Role Of Metaphors In William Harvey’s Thought

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This chapter discusses William Harvey?s use of metaphor in two of his works. The first, the Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus (1628), is one of the greatest achievements in the history of science, for it introduces the doctrine of the circulation of the blood. The second is the De motu locali animalium (c. 1628), that is, Harvey?s incomplete manuscript on animal movement and the structure of muscles in general. The author believes that the study of De motu locali can provide some interesting historical insights. In particular, it provides further information about Harvey?s use of metaphors. Finally, the chapter argues that Harvey?s choice of source domain for his metaphors was critical to his success in the De motu cordis, as well as to his failure in the De motu locali.

Keywords: animal movement; blood; De motu cordis; De motu locali animalium; metaphor; William Harvey



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