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Citizen Cuvier: radical appropriations of Georges Cuvier's law of correlation in Edinburgh and London, 1801–1837

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The paper will consider how, notwithstanding historians’ usual assumptions about the intrinsic conservatism of Cuvier’s scientific outlook, his famous law of the correlation of parts was advocated by Whig republicans, materialist surgeons, and atheistic plebeian radicals in early 19th-century Britain, who all saw it as supporting aspects of their own political agendas.

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