Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought

Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought

by James Barry
     
 

Drawing on past and current research in continental philosophy, Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought examines the development of certain founding issues of early modern science. Focusing on three key seventeenth-century figures—Descartes, Bacon, and Newton—and locating his argument

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Drawing on past and current research in continental philosophy, Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought examines the development of certain founding issues of early modern science. Focusing on three key seventeenth-century figures—Descartes, Bacon, and Newton—and locating his argument explicitly within the approach of Alexandre Koyre, James Barry Jr. explores the philosophical, theological, and technological priorities that established the frame for the full emergence of the new science. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810114258
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
11/25/1996
Series:
Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I: Descartes's Rectification of Natural Appearance: Thinking over Perception

1. Platonic and Aristotelian Anticipations of Descartes's God of Infinite Productivity
2. The Destruction of the Cosmos in the Homogeneity of Things
3. The Measure of Space and the Rectification of Natural Appearance

Part 2: Modern Science as Technical Intervention: Bacon's Promethean Measure

4. Mythical Truth, the Weak Tradition, and the Power of Scientific Hope
5. The Question of Technical Creation and the Second Nature of Baconian Science
6. The New Authority of Technical Intervention: From "Natural History" to "Experimental Nature"

Part 3: Newton's Perceptual Authority and the Decisiveness of Technical Appearance

7. The Merger of the Corpuscular and the Mathematical: Newton's Empirical Science
8. The Divine Propriety of Spirit and the Insufficient Space of Nature
9. Theoretical Embodiment: The Technical Authority of Newtonian Time and Space

Epilogue
Notes 
Index

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