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Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science #282: The Mechanization of Natural Philosophy

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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).

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This book reviews the transformation of natural philosophy in the 16th and 17th centuries: description of nature in mathematical terms; comparison of natural phenomena to existing or imaginary machines and the use of mechanical analogies in natural philosophy.

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PART 1. Historical contruction of the category of mechanical philosophy. Daniel Garber,

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ISBN:
9789400743441
Author:
Garber, Daniel (edt)
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Roux, Sophie
Author:
Garber, Dan
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Aristotelianism
Subject:
Mathematisations
Subject:
Mechanisation
Subject:
Natural Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Philosophy of Biology
Subject:
History of Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy of nature
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2012
Series:
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume:
282
Publication Date:
20100301
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
356
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm

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