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Charles Bonnet - bibliography

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French philosopher and natural scientist, born March 13, 1720, Geneva; died May 20, 1793, Genthod, near Geneva.


  • Recherches sur l'usage des Feuilles dans les Plantes, et sur quelques autres Sujets relatif à l'Histoire de la Végétation.
    Göttingen and Leiden, 1754.
  • Traité d'insectologie. 2 parts. Paris, Durand, 1745.
    This pioneering work on experimental entomology incorporates Bonnet's most important discovery – parthogenetic reproduction – based on his study of aphids. Bonnet used the result of this and other discoveries as a basis for speculation about life on earth. It presents in tabular form his version of the "great chain of being". Bonnet's concept of the essential continuity of life, a consequence of his discovery and preformationist interpretation of parthogenesis, was a major force in the shaping of later evolutionary opinion.
  • Considérations sur les corps organisés, où l'on traité de leur origine, de leur développement, de leur reproduction....
    2 volumes. Amsterdam, M. M. Rey, 1762.
    Bonnet's theory of generation offered the best synthesis of 18th century ideas of development and remained a leading authority until von Baer.
  • Contemplation de la nature. Amsterdam, 1764-1765.
    English translation by C. Bonnet:
    The contemplation of nature.
    London: printed for T. Longman, T. Becket and P. A. de Hondt, 1766.
    Also translated translated into Italian, German (1766), and Dutch.
  • Essai de psychologie. Published anonymously in London in 1754.
  • Essai analytique sur les facultés de l'âme.
    Copenhagen, C. & A. Philibert 1760. 2nd edition, Copenhagen, 1769.
    German translation, 1770-1771.
    In this work Bonnet develops his views regarding the physiological conditions of mental activity.
  • La palingénésie philosophique, ou Idées sur l'état passé et sur l'état futur des êtres vivants: ouvrage destiné à servir de supplément aux derniers écrits de l'auteur et qui contient principalement le précis de ses recherches sur le christianisme. 1770.
    In this work, Bonnets advocates the view that the female body carries all future generations in miniature form. He believed that these so-called Homunculi would survive even the most severe catastrophes, like the Flood.
  • Oeuvres d'histoire naturelle et de philosophie.
    Neuchâtel, Samuel Fauche. 17 volumes 1779-1783.
    On the Chain of being: Volume, 1779. English translation in Charles White: An Account of the Regular Gradation in Man, and in Different Animals and Vegetables; and from the Former to the Latter, London: C. Dilly, 1799.
    Tome 1. Traité d'insectologie.
    Tome 2. Observations diverses sur les insectes.
    Tome 3. Mémoires d'histoire naturelle.
    Tome 4. Recherches sur l'usage des feuilles.
    Tome 5-6. Corps organises.
    Tome 7-9. Contemplation de la nature.
    Tome 10. Écrits d'histoire naturelle.
    Tome 11. Écrits et lettres d'histoire naturelle.
    Tome 12. Lettres sur divers sujets d'histoire naturelle.
    Tome 13-14. Essai analytique sur les facultés de l'âme.
    Tome 15-16. La palingénésie philosophique.
    Tome 17. Essai de psychologie.
    Tome 18. Écrits divers.
  • Julius Pagel (1851-1912):
    Bonnet, Auguste-Bernard.
    In: August Hirsch, publisher: Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte aller Zeiten und Völker. Urban & Schwarzenberg. 2nd edition. Berlin, 1929. First published in 6 volumes 1884-1888. 3rd edition, München 1962.
  • Jeremy M. Norman, editor:
    Morton’s Medical Bibliography. An annotated Check-list of Texts Illustrating the History of Medicine (Garrison and Morton). Fifth edition. Scolar Press, 1991.
  • Gisela Luginbühl-Weber:
    Bonnet, Charles. In Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz [electronic publication], version from 2004-08-11. http://www.dhs.ch/externe/protect/textes/d/D15877.html

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