Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Cartesian Empiricisms

Editors: Dobre, Mihnea, Nyden, Tammy (Eds.)

  • The only full-length study on the topic of Cartesian Empiricism  
  • Provides a comprehensive guide to over twenty-five seventeenth century Cartesians for whom experiment and observation played a key role
  • Spans a wide range of Cartesian sciences, including physics, chemistry, medicine and psychology
  • Spans a wide range of national contexts, including French, Dutch, German, and English
  • Written by leading and emerging international scholars in the field
  • Represents the most up-to-date research in the history of early modern philosophy
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Cartesian Empiricisms considers the role Cartesians played in the acceptance of experiment in natural philosophy during the seventeenth century. It aims to correct a partial image of Cartesian philosophers as paradigmatic system builders who failed to meet challenges posed by the new science’s innovative methods. Studies in this volume argue that far from being strangers to experiment, many Cartesians used and integrated it into their natural philosophies. Chapter 1 reviews the historiographies of early modern philosophy, science, and Cartesianism and their recent critiques. The first part of the volume explores various Cartesian contexts of experiment: the impact of French condemnations of Cartesian philosophy in the second half of the seventeenth century; the relation between Cartesian natural philosophy and the Parisian academies of the 1660s; the complex interplay between Cartesianism and Newtonianism in the Dutch Republic; the Cartesian influence on medical teaching at the University of Duisburg; and the challenges chemistry posed to the Cartesian theory of matter. The second part of the volume examines the work of particular Cartesians, such as Henricus Regius, Robert Desgabets, Jacques Rohault, Burchard de Volder, Antoine Le Grand, and Balthasar Bekker. Together these studies counter scientific revolution narratives that take rationalism and empiricism to be two mutually exclusive epistemological and methodological paradigms. The volume is thus a helpful instrument for anyone interested both in the histories of early modern philosophy and science, as well as for scholars interested in new evaluations of the historiographical tools that framed our traditional narratives.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dobre, Mihnea (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Censorship, Condemnations, and the Spread of Cartesianism

    Ariew, Roger

    Pages 25-46

  • Was There a Cartesian Experimentalism in 1660s France?

    Roux, Sophie

    Pages 47-88

  • Dutch Cartesian Empiricism and the Advent of Newtonianism

    Bunge, Wiep

    Pages 89-104

  • Heat, Action, Perception: Models of Living Beings in German Medical Cartesianism

    Smith, Justin E. H.

    Pages 105-123

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0580-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cartesian Empiricisms
Editors
  • Mihnea Dobre
  • Tammy Nyden
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
31
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7690-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7690-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7689-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0580-4
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 326
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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