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The Transformation of Natural Philosophy : The Case of Philip Melanchthon - Sachiko Kusukawa

The Transformation of Natural Philosophy

The Case of Philip Melanchthon

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1995
ISBN: 9780521473477
Number Of Pages: 268

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This book proposes that Philip Melanchthon was responsible for transforming traditional university natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one. Motivated by desire to check civil disobedience and promote a Lutheran orthodoxy, he created a natural philosophy based on Aristotle, Galen and Plato, incorporating contemporary findings of Copernicus and Vesalius. The fields of astrology, anatomy, botany and mathematics all constituted a natural philosophy in which Melanchthon wished to demonstrate God's Providential design in the physical world. Rather than dichotomising or synthesising the two distinct areas of 'science' and 'religion', Kusukawa advocates the need to look at 'Natural philosophy' as a discipline quite different from either 'modern science' or 'religion': a contextual assessment of the implication of the Lutheran Reformation on university education, particularly on natural philosophy.

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'... Kusukawa's book and her analysis of Melanchthon's thought offer a valuable contribution to our understanding of the influence of the Reformation.' British Journal for the History of Science

List of illustrations
Notes on the text
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The way of the schoolmen
Law and Gospel: the reforms of Luther and Melanchthon
Luther's reform - establishing the message of the Gospel
Melanchthon's reform - law and philosophy
The soul
The Providence of God
The construction of orthodoxy
Conclusion: a transformation of natural philosophy
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521473477
ISBN-10: 0521473470
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 31st March 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.88  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.5

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