Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Natural Philosophy

1. study or knowledge of objects or processes observable in nature, as in biology, physics, etc.

2. the study, in former times, of supposed symmetries between science and religion such that the manifestation of a Grand Design was apparent in creatures great and small, as well as in the unbroken hierarchy of formed creatures known as the Great Chain of Being, with humans positioned between the monkeys and the angels.

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