Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Mechanization of Natural Philosophy

Authors: Roux, Sophie

Editors: GARBER, DAN (Ed.)

  • Clarifies the historical negotiations through which the opposition between “Aristotelian philosophy” and “mechanical philosophy,” or between the “old philosophy” and the “new philosophy” were constructed
  • This collection defends and illustrates a certain way of writing the history of the mechanization of natural philosophy
  • Key questions are addressed in this volume.
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The Mechanisation of Natural Philosophy is devoted to various aspects of the transformation of natural philosophy during the 16th and 17th centuries that is usually described as mechanical philosophy .

Drawing the border between the old Aristotelianism and the « new » mechanical philosophy faces historians with a delicate task, if not an impossible mission. There were many natural philosophers who actually crossed the border between the two worlds, and, inside each of these worlds, there was a vast spectrum of doctrines, arguments and intellectual practices. The expression mechanical philosophy is burdened with ambiguities. It may refer to at least three different enterprises: a description of nature in mathematical terms; the comparison of natural phenomena to existing or imaginary machines; the use in natural philosophy of mechanical analogies, i.e. analogies conceived in terms of matter and motion alone.However mechanical philosophy is defined, its ambition was greater than its real successes. There were few mathematisations of phenomena. The machines of mechanical philosophers were not only imaginary, but had little to do with the machines of mecanicians. In most of the natural sciences, analogies in terms of matter and motion alone failed to provide satisfactory accounts of phenomena.By the same authors: Mechanics and Natural Philosophy before the Scientific Revolution (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 254).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Remarks on the Pre-history of the Mechanical Philosophy

    Garber, Daniel

    Pages 3-26

  • How Bacon Became Baconian

    Giglioni, Guido

    Pages 27-54

  • An Empire Divided: French Natural Philosophy (1670–1690)

    Roux, Sophie

    Pages 55-95

  • Matter and Form in Sixteenth-Century Spain: Some Case Studies

    Navarro-Brotons, Victor

    Pages 99-116

  • The Composition of Space, Time and Matter According to Isaac Newton and John Keill

    Palmerino, Carla Rita

    Pages 117-142

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Mechanization of Natural Philosophy
Authors
Editors
  • DAN GARBER
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
300
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4345-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4345-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4344-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9878-6
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 342
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