Occult Powers and Hypotheses: Cartesian Natural Philosophy Under Louis XIV

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This book analyses the concept of scientific explanation developed by French disciples of Descartes in the period 1660-1700. Clarke examines the views of authors such as Malebranche and Rohault, as well as those of less well-known authors such as Cordemoy, Gadroys, Poisson and R?gis. These Cartesian natural philosophers developed an understanding of scientific explanation as necessarily hypothetical, and, while they contributed little to new scientific discoveries, they made a lasting contribution to our concept...
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This book analyses the concept of scientific explanation developed by French disciples of Descartes in the period 1660-1700. Clarke examines the views of authors such as Malebranche and Rohault, as well as those of less well-known authors such as Cordemoy, Gadroys, Poisson and Régis. These Cartesian natural philosophers developed an understanding of scientific explanation as necessarily hypothetical, and, while they contributed little to new scientific discoveries, they made a lasting contribution to our concept of explanation--generations of scientists in subsequent centuries followed their lead.
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"Essential for anyone interested in the rise of modern science and for everyone interested in Cartesianism."--International Studies in Philosophy

"A rich content of different views on science and epistemology."--Review of Metaphysics

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198248125
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/18/1989
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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