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Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy

Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles

Sorell, Tom, Rogers, G.A., Kraye, Jill (Eds.)

2010

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  • Offers an accessible study of the early modern philosophers dispute on Scientia
  • Philosophers surveyed includes Spinoza, Hobbes, Descartes, Gassendi, Locke and Jungius
  • Features contributors who are among the best-known and most influential historians of early modern philosophy.

Scientia is the term that early modern philosophers applied to a certain kind of demonstrative knowledge, the kind whose starting points were appropriate first principles. In pre-modern philosophy, too, scientia was the name for demonstrative knowledge from first principles. But pre-modern and early modern conceptions differ systematically from one another. This book offers a variety of glimpses of this difference by exploring the works of individual philosophers as well as philosophical movements and groupings of the period. Some of the figures are transitional, falling neatly on neither side of the allegiances usually marked by the scholastic/modern distinction. Among the philosophers whose views on scientia are surveyed are Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Gassendi, Locke, and Jungius. The contributors are among the best-known and most influential historians of early modern philosophy.

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Keywords » John Locke - René Descartes - Spinoza - knowledge - natural philosophy

Related subjects » History of Science - Philosophical Traditions

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Introduction, Tom Sorell University of Birmingham Philosophia, Historia, Mathematica: Shifting Sands in the Disciplinary Geography of the Seventeenth Century, Daniel Garber Princeton University The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia, Stephen Gaukroger, University of Sydney Matter, Mortality and the Changing Ideal of Science, Catherine Wilson University of Aberdeen Scientia and Inductio scientifica in the Logica Hamburgensis of Joachim Jungius, Stephen Clucas Birkbeck University of London Scientia and the Sciences in Descartes, Tom Sorell University of Birmingham Scientia and Self-Knowledge in Descartes, Nicholas Jolley University of California, Irvine Spinoza’s Theory of Scientia Intuitiva, Don Garrett NYU Scientia in Hobbes, Douglas Jesseph University of South Florida John Locke and the Limits of scientia, G.A.J. Rogers Keele University

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