The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy

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It has often been thought that tha ancient Greeks did not take mechanics seriously as part of the workings of nature, and that this contributed to the marginalization of their natural philosophy. In this book sylvia berryman challenges that assumption, arguing that the idea that the world works like a machine' can be found in ancient Greek thought, predating the early modern philosophy with which it is most closely associated. Her discussion ranges over topics including balancing and equilibrium, lifting water, ...

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Overview

It has often been thought that tha ancient Greeks did not take mechanics seriously as part of the workings of nature, and that this contributed to the marginalization of their natural philosophy. In this book sylvia berryman challenges that assumption, arguing that the idea that the world works like a machine' can be found in ancient Greek thought, predating the early modern philosophy with which it is most closely associated. Her discussion ranges over topics including balancing and equilibrium, lifting water, sphere-making and models of the heavens, and ancient Greek pneumatic theory, with detailed analysis of thinkers such as Aristotle, Archimedes and Hero of Alexandria. Her book shows scholars of ancient Greek philosophy why it is necessary to pay attention to mechanics, and shows historians of science why the differences between ancient and modern reactions to mechanics are not as great as was generally thought. Her historical treatment of the meaning of 'mechanistic' or 'mechanical' is of value to contemporary philosophical debates about explanation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107657618
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/23/2014
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Berryman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

1 Mechanics and the mechanical : some problems of terminology 9

2 'Mechanistic' thought before mechanics? 21

3 Mechanics in the fourth century 54

4 The theory and practice of ancient Greek mechanics 105

5 Ancient Greek mechanics continued : the case of pneumatics 155

6 The philosophical reception of mechanics in antiquity 177

Conclusion 231

App Ancient mechanics and the mechanical in the seventeenth century 236

Bibliography 250

Index of passages 274

General index 282

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