The most important clash between the two schools the debate between albrecht von haller 1708 77 and caspar friedrich wolff 1734 94 crystallized many of the key issues of eighteenth century biology the role of mechanism in biological explanation the relationship of god to his creation the question of spontaneous generation the . In the eighteenth century two rival theories of organic generation existed this book takes the debate beyond its observational basis and shows that at issue were not only specific embryological problems but also fundamental philosophical questions about the natural world and the way science should explain it. Full text full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version get a printable copy pdf file of the complete article 152k or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Victor albrecht von haller was an 18th century scientist who did extensive work in the life sciences matter life and generation eighteenth century embryology and the haller wolff debate cambridge cambridge university press 1981. Roe s 1981 matter life and generation 18th century embryology and the haller wolff debate cambridge cambridge university press a historical examination of debates in embryology and developmental biology at the end of the eighteenth century focusing on the disputes between haller and wolff
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