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Overview

MeSH Major

  • Manuscripts, Medical
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Philosophy, Medical

abstract

  • Neurosurgeons are familiar with the anatomic investigations of Thomas Willis, but his intellectual legacy actually extends into the arena of philosophy. John Locke was a student of Willis while at Oxford, and this essay explores how some of Willis's anatomic discoveries might have influenced the ideas Locke expressed in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding. It also includes historical information about 17th century England and the group of men (including Christopher Wren and Robert Boyle) who worked with Willis and founded the Oxford Experimental Philosophy Club, which became the Royal Society.

publication date

  • March 2006

Research

keywords

  • Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1227/01.NEU.0000197489.17675.C6

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 567

end page

  • 76; discussion 567-76

volume

  • 58

number

  • 3