Thomas Fienus and the Decline of Aristotelian Embryology

Posted September 1, 2016 12:37 pm by Suzanne F.

Thomas Fienus and the Decline of Aristotelian Embryology

During the Middle Ages, Aristotle’s views on embryology were predominant, and shaped Christendom’s approach to abortion. Although abortion was always regarded as a grave sin, regardless of stage of pregnancy, the abortion of inanimate fetuses (i.e. fetuses without souls) was not considered homicide, whereas the death of an ensouled fetus

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