Dr Alan Salter

MA (Cantab); PhD (Sydney)

+61 414 683 113

Alan’s field of interest is the empirical practices of scientific inquiry during the Scientific Revolution, with a particular focus on anatomy and physiology. He is presently completing a book on William Harvey, the seventeenth century English physician.

Selected Publications

Articles and Book Chapers

Empiricism contra Experiment: Harvey, Locke and the Revisionist View of Experimental Philosophy (with Charles Wolfe), Bulletin de la SHESVIE, 16, 2, 2009.

Intimate Converse with Nature: body and touch in|Harvey’s Way of Inquiry in Word and Self Estranged in English Texts, 1550-1660, ed. Philippa Kelly and L.E. Semler, Ashgate, Farnham, 2010.

Early Modern Empiricism and the Discourse of the Senses in The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge, eds. Charles Wolfe, Ofer Gal, Springer, Dordrecht, 2010.

\William Harvey and the Way of the Artisan in Science in the Age of Baroque, eds. Ofer Gal, Raz Chen-Morris, International Archives of the History of Ideas, Dordrecht/New York, 2013.

Book Reviews

  • Newton’s Apple: Isaac Newton and the English Scientific Renaissance, Peter Aughton, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 2003, in MetaScience, 2005.
  • The Purple Island and Anatomy in Early Seventeenth Century Literature, Philosophy and Theology, Peter Mitchell, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, NJ, 2007, in MetaScience, 2009.
  • Histories of Scientific Observation, eds. Lorraine Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2010, in HOPOS Journal, 2012.