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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Burchard de Volder and the Age of the Scientific Revolution

Authors: Strazzoni, Andrea

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  • Sheds light on the relevance of a neglected author in the history of philosophy and science
  • Adopts a novel historiographical approach that captures aspects that don't fit into familiar categories
  • Features an transcription of an important handwritten source on early modern experimental philosophy
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This monograph details the entire scientific thought of an influential natural philosopher whose contributions, unfortunately, have become obscured by the pages of history. Readers will discover an important thinker: Burchard de Volder. He was instrumental in founding the first experimental cabinet at a European University in 1675.

The author goes beyond the familiar image of De Volder as a forerunner of Newtonianism in Continental Europe. He consults neglected materials, including handwritten sources, and takes into account new historiographical categories. His investigation maps the thought of an author who did not sit with an univocal philosophical school, but critically dealt with all the ‘major’ philosophers and scientists of his age: from Descartes to Newton, via Spinoza, Boyle, Huygens, Bernoulli, and Leibniz. It explores the way De Volder’s un-systematic thought used, rejected, and re-shaped their theories and approaches. In addition, the title includes transcriptions of De Volder's teaching materials: disputations, dictations, and notes.

Insightful analysis combined with a trove of primary source material will help readers gain a new perspective on a thinker so far mostly ignored by scholars. They will find a thoughtful figure who engaged with early modern science and developed a place that fostered experimental philosophy.

About the authors

Andrea Strazzoni (1984) has completed his undergraduate education at the University of Parma, and has obtained his PhD in the history of philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (2015), with a dissertation on the Dutch reception of Descartes and the problem of the foundation of natural philosophy. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt, where he works on the ways in which Cartesian ideas were entangled with different scientific and philosophical paradigms.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19878-7
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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19877-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Burchard de Volder and the Age of the Scientific Revolution
Authors
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
51
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19878-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19878-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19877-0
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 733
Number of Illustrations
130 b/w illustrations
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