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Jacob Moleschott

Jacob Moleschott.

Jacob Moleschott (9 August 1822 – 20 May 1893) was a Dutch physiologist and writer on dietetics. He is known for his philosophical views in regards to "scientific materialism".[1]


  • Life 1
  • Writings 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4


Born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Moleschott studied at Heidelberg University and began the practice of medicine at Utrecht in 1845, but soon moved back to Heidelberg, where he lectured on physiology from 1847. Controversial statements made by him in his lectures led to his resignation after seven years. Afterwards, he was professor of physiology in Zürich (1856), in Turin (1861), and in Rome (1879), where he died


Moleschott explained the origin and condition of animals by the working of physical causes. His characteristic formulae were "No thought without phosphorus" and "the brain secretes thought as the liver secretes bile." His major works are:

  • Physiologie der Nahrungsmittel (1850; second edition, 1859)
  • Physiologie des Stoffwechsels in Pflanzen und Thieren (1851)
  • Der Kreislauf des Lebens (1852; fifth edition, 1887)
  • Untersuchungen zur Naturlehre des Menschen und der tiere (1856–93), continued after his death by Colosanti and Fubini
  • Lehre der Nahrungsmittel (1858)
  • Sulla vita umana (1861–67), a collection of essays
  • Physiologisches Skizzenbuch (1861)
  • Consigli e conforti nei tempi di colera (1864; third edition, 1884)
  • Sull' influenza della luce mista e cromatica nell' esalazione di acido carbonico per l'organismo animale (1879), with Fubini
  • Kleine Schriften (1880–87), collected essays and addresses
  • Für meine Freunde (1894)


  • Fredrick Gregory: Scientific Materialism in Nineteenth Century Germany, Springer, Berlin u.a. 1977, ISBN 90-277-0760-X
  1. ^ Jacob Moleschott and the conception of science in the 19th century Scientific materialism as “totalizing” worldview by L Meneghello

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