In 1799, the German physician Samuel Sömmerring (1755-1830) published the Icones embryomim humanomm and showed that still in the 17th century it didn’t be any real anatomical representation of the human foetus. He underlined that the anatomy’s issues contained some human embryos illustrations, which were characterised by repellent images, even grisly. In the same period, the French philosopher Marie Francois Pierre Maine de Biran (1766-1824) believed that fœtus has a psychic life characterised by listening and motility. He was interested in such matters because of his dissatisfaction with knowledge and language theories that were delineated by Condillac’s Traité des sensations (1754). He individualized the difference of human nature in the articulated voice: it was a specific attitude of the human beings that interrupted the natural order without going out of the nature system. Maine de Biran’s work represents a privileged point of view to deal with remarkable matters like
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