Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy

Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles

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

  • 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.
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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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“This narrowly focused collection of papers seeks to explicate competing notions of scientia in the works of 17th century natural philosophers … . The quality of the entries is consistently high and their variety is refreshing. … The papers can be read profitably by anyone interested in the history and philosophy of science in the early modern period … . this collection will prove extremely useful for a variety of purposes, including the amusement of pedants and the stoking of scholarly debate.” (Scott Stapleford, Philosophy in Review, Vol. 30 (6), December, 2010)

“Here for the first time, a series of clear, informative studies of the foremost early modern thinkers’ conceptions of scientia are brought together under one cover. The nine contributors are a veritable Who’s Who of historians of early modern philosophy and the philosophers covered include some of the leading thinkers of the age … . the volume offers both breadth and depth of coverage. … this collection is a welcome and timely addition to the field.” (Peter R. Anstey, Metascience, Vol. 20, 2011)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Philosophia, Historia, Mathematica: Shifting Sands in the Disciplinary Geography of the Seventeenth Century

    Garber, Daniel

    Pages 1-17

  • The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia

    Gaukroger, Stephen

    Pages 19-33

  • Matter, Mortality, and the Changing Ideal of Science

    Wilson, Catherine

    Pages 35-51

  • Scientia and Inductio Scientifica in the Logica Hamburgensis of Joachim Jungius

    Clucas, Stephen

    Pages 53-70

  • Scientia and the Sciences in Descartes

    Sorell, Tom

    Pages 71-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles
Editors
  • Tom Sorell
  • G.A. Rogers
  • Jill Kraye
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3077-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3077-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3076-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3080-9
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 139
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