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The Diffident Naturalist : Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment - Rose-Mary Sargent

The Diffident Naturalist

Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780226734958
Number Of Pages: 368

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In a provocative reassessment of one of the quintessential figures of early modern science, Rose-Mary Sargent explores Robert Boyle's philosophy of experiment, a central aspect of his life and work that became a model for mid- to late seventeenth-century natural philosophers and for many who followed them.
Sargent examines the philosophical, legal, experimental, and religious traditions--among them English common law, alchemy, medicine, and Christianity--that played a part in shaping Boyle's experimental thought and practice. The roots of his philosophy in his early life and education, in his religious ideals, and in the work of his predecessors--particularly Bacon, Descartes, and Galileo--are fully explored, as are the possible influences of his social and intellectual circle. Drawing on the full range of Boyle's published works, as well as on his unpublished notebooks and manuscripts, Sargent shows how these diverse influences were transformed and incorporated into Boyle's views on and practice of experiment.

Introduction Overview Recent Trends Philosophical Issues Plan of the Study
Learning from the Past
The Philosophical Tradition A Philosophical Revolution A New Alternative The Pyramid and the Tree Boyle's Choice
The Legal Tradition English Common Law Experience and the Experimental Philosophy Boyle versus Hobbes
The Experimental Tradition The Physico-Mechanical Tradition The Alchemical Tradition The Medical Tradition
Being a Christian Virtuoso
Natural Theology The Book of Nature and Philosophical Worship A Free Inquiry The Corpuscular Philosophy and Physical Causality Causal Relations and the Essences of Bodies
Biblical Hermeneutics The Two Books The Interpretation of Scripture The Interpretation of Nature
Acting Experimentally
Observing Constructing the Factual Foundation Collecting Observations Assessing Credibility
Experimenting Creating an Artificial Environment The Contingencies of Experiment Making Experiments Experimental Strategies
Writing Composing Experimental Essays Exciting Curiosity Collaborating An Experimental History of Cold Conclusion: The Experimental Process Boyle's Philosophy of Experiment The Significance of Boyle's Philosophy
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ISBN: 9780226734958
ISBN-10: 0226734951
Series: Science and Its Conceptual Foundations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75