Date of Award

11-1978

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Supervisor

G. J. Grinnell.

Language

English

Abstract

An examination of Buffon's theories of natural history and Physiocratic doctrines, which treats them as products of the same socio-economic pressures; that is, as responses to the pressures created by the material requirements of the French war-machine and by the necessity of reconciling aristocratic and bourgeois ethical systems. Includes a study of the use of Newtonian ideas to undermine the social, economic and moral foundations of the Ancien Regime end to justify man's domination of nature.

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