transmutationist


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transmutationist

an alchemist who believed that, in one of several ways, it was possible to change less valuable elements into silver or gold.
See also: Alchemy
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More pointedly, the shifting patterns of human culture and the shifting patterns of nonhuman nature were, at bottom, the same phenomenon and could therefore both be explained by a single transmutationist hypothesis--the theoretical scaffolding that had solved the "mystery of mysteries" could also reveal the mysteries of the Bible.
While the "higher" instinct fits with idealist theories of human development, his representation of the "lower" instinct implicitly acknowledges the human kinship with animals that was central to transmutationist theories.
There can be no doubt that as a "natural historian," Michelet chose to adopt a transmutationist view of species, and identified with Geoffroy and Lamarck rather than Cuvier.