The Diffident Naturalist: Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment

The Diffident Naturalist: Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment

by Rose-Mary Sargent
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226734951

ISBN-13: 9780226734958

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In a provocative reassessment of one of the quintessential figures of early modern science, Rose-Mary Sargent explores Robert Boyle's philosophy of experiment, a central aspect of his life and work that became a model for mid- to late seventeenth-century natural philosophers and for many who followed them.

Sargent examines the philosophical, legal, experimental, and

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In a provocative reassessment of one of the quintessential figures of early modern science, Rose-Mary Sargent explores Robert Boyle's philosophy of experiment, a central aspect of his life and work that became a model for mid- to late seventeenth-century natural philosophers and for many who followed them.

Sargent examines the philosophical, legal, experimental, and religious traditions<97>among them English common law, alchemy, medicine, and Christianity--that played a part in shaping Boyle's experimental thought and practice. The roots of his philosophy in his early life and education, in his religious ideals, and in the work of his predecessors--particularly Bacon, Descartes, and Galileo--are fully explored, as are the possible influences of his social and intellectual circle. Drawing on the full range of Boyle's published works, as well as on his unpublished notebooks and manuscripts, Sargent shows how these diverse influences were transformed and incorporated into Boyle's views on and practice of experiment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226734958
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Series:
Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
363
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. ILearning from the Past
1The Philosophical Tradition23
2The Legal Tradition42
3The Experimental Tradition62
Pt. IIBeing a Christian Virtuoso
4Natural Theology87
5Biblical Hermeneutics109
Pt. IIIActing Experimentally
6Observing131
7Experimenting159
8Writing181
Conclusion: The Experimental Process
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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