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Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason - Jan W. Wojcik

Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason

Hardcover Published: 28th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521560290
Number Of Pages: 243

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In this study of Robert Boyle's epistemology, Jan W. Wojcik reveals the theological context within which Boyle developed his views on reason's limits. After arguing that a correct interpretation of his views on 'things above reason' depends upon reading his works in the context of theological controversies in seventeenth-century England, Professor Wojcik details exactly how Boyle's three specific categories of things which transcend reason - the incomprehensible, the inexplicable, and the unsociable - affected his conception of what a natural philosopher could hope to know. Also covered in detail is Boyle's belief that God had deliberately limited the human intellect in order to reserve a full knowledge of both theology and natural philosophy for the afterlife.

Introduction, Robert Boyle as lay theologian
Things above reason
The threat of Socinianism
Theology and the limits of reason
Philosophies of nature and their theological implications
Sources of knowledge
The limits of reason and knowledge of nature
Boyle's voluntarism and the limits of reason
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ISBN: 9780521560290
ISBN-10: 0521560292
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 28th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 16.0  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52