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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Approaches to Organic Form

Permutations in Science and Culture

Editors: Burwick, F.R. (Ed.)

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Frederick Burwick's modest but comprehensive and insightful intro­ duction is preface enough to these sensible essays in the history and philosophical criticism of ideas. If we want to understand how some in­ quiring and intelligent thinkers sought to go beyond mechanism and vitalism, we will find Burwick's labors of assembling others and reflect­ ing on his own part to be as stimulating as anywhere to be found. And yet his initial cautious remark is right: 'approaches', not 'attainments'. The problems associated with clarifying 'matter' and 'form' are still beyond any consensus as to their solution. Even more do we recognize the many forms and meanings of 'form', and this is so even for 'organic form'. That wise scientist-philosopher-engineer Lancelot Law Whyte struggled in a place neighboring to Burwick's, and his essay of thirty years ago might be a scientist's preface to Burwick and his colleagues: see Whyte'S Accent on Form (N. Y., Harper, 1954) and his Symposium of 1951 Aspects of Form (London, Percy Lund Humphries 1951; and Indiana University Press 1961), itself arranged in honor of D' Arcy Thompson's classical monograph On Growth and Form. Philosophy and history of science must deal with these issues, and with the mixture of hard-headedness and imagination that they de­ mand.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • On the Nature of God’s Existence, Wisdom and Power: The Interplay Between Organic and Mechanistic Imagery in Anglican Natural Theology — 1640–1740

    Pages 1-48

    Olson, Richard

  • Organicism and the Future of Scientific Utopia

    Pages 49-70

    Gelbart, Nina

  • Art and Science: Organicism and Goethe’s Classical Aesthetics

    Pages 71-85

    Wetzels, Walter D.

  • Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny: A Classic Formula of Organicism

    Pages 87-112

    Fink, Karl J.

  • Organicism and the Birth of Energy

    Pages 113-152

    Peterfreund, Stuart

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Approaches to Organic Form
Book Subtitle
Permutations in Science and Culture
Editors
  • F.R. Burwick
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
105
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-3917-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-3917-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-2541-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8237-2
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 290
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