Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Anatomy Theater

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1088-1


Temporary and permanent anatomy theaters were used to provide public anatomy demonstrations for the academic community and, later, for a wider audience. They did not initially enhance the visual study of anatomy but rather cultivated the study of anatomy as a part of natural philosophy. Not only did they encourage interest in anatomy, they were related, as rituals, to communal expressions of sacrifice, redemption, and punishment. Variations in their use and significance depend partly on geographical location.


Anatomical Theater Public Anatomy Carnival Rituals Private Anatomy Teleological Claims 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami University-OhioOxfordUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hiro Hirai
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the History of Philosophy and ScienceRadboud Universiteit NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands