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Margaret Cavendish : Observations upon Experimental Philosophy - Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish

Observations upon Experimental Philosophy

Paperback Published: 7th February 2001
ISBN: 9780521776752
Number Of Pages: 338

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Margaret Cavendish's 1668 edition of Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, presented here in its first modern edition, holds a unique position in early modern philosophy. Cavendish rejects the Aristotelianism which was taught in the universities in the seventeenth century, and the picture of nature as a grand machine which was propounded by Hobbes, Descartes and members of the Royal Society of London, such as Boyle. She also rejects the views of nature which make reference to immaterial spirits. Instead she develops an original system of organicist materialism, and draws on the doctrines of ancient Stoicism to attack the tenets of seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. Her treatise is a document of major importance in the history of women's contributions to philosophy and science.

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"Eileen O'Neill's edition of the 1668 edition of this text (the first was printed in 1666) will go a long way to making Cavendish accessible to a modern audience. O'Neill's edition of the Observations is textually impeccable." Isis "This is a significant, and welcome addition to scholarship." Philosophy in Review

An argumental discourse
The table of all the principal subjects
Observations upon experimental philosophy
Further observations upon experimental philosophy
Observations upon the opinions of some ancient philosophers
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521776752
ISBN-10: 0521776759
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 7th February 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.55 x 14.73  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.54

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