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História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos

Print version ISSN 0104-5970On-line version ISSN 1678-4758

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KURY, Lorelai. Science and nation: romanticism and natural history in the works of E. J. da Silva Maia. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 1998, vol.5, n.2, pp.267-291. ISSN 0104-5970.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59701998000200001.

The works of physician and naturalist Emílio Joaquim da Silva Maia (1808-59) can be viewed as a scientific project that discovers Brazil and its inhabitants. Maia’s nationalism and his romantic view of nature formed the underpinnings of his scientific theories, especially his studies on zoological geography. He subordinated the issue of the biological specificity of different regions of the world to his era’s debates on the construction of Brazil as an independent nation. In his interpretations of European natural history, Maia endeavored to understand Brazilian nature as a specific achievement of the Cosmos, in keeping with Alexander von Humboldt’s approach.

Keywords : natural history; bio-geography; romanticism.

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