The Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Century: Patterns of Change in Early Modern Natural Philosophy / Edition 1

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The papers in this collection focus on patterns of change in natural philosophy in the seventeenth century, aiming to encourage the use and articulation of this category in the historiography of science. The volume is intended for scholars and advanced students of early modern history of science, history of philosophy and intellectual history. Philosophers of science and sociologists of scientific knowledge concerned with historical issues will also find the volume of relevance. Above all, the volume is addressed to anyone interested in current debates about the origin and nature of modern science.
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"… Es gehört nun zur hohen Qualität dieses Bandes, dass alle Beiträge dem zugrundeliegenden methodischen Ansatz und der thematischen Intention gerecht werden … Der Band wird seinem Anspruch, die ‘patterns of change in Early Modern Natural Philosophy‘ zu beschreiben und zu analysieren, in hohem Maße gerecht. Die Beiträge sind ausgesprochen konstruktiv und nehmen erfreulicherweise vielfach Bezug aufeinander, so dass eine für einen Sammelband selten anzutreffende Kohärenz entsteht …"


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The onset of the scientific revolution : three near-simultaneous transformations 9
'Waterworld' : Descartes' vortical celestial mechanics - a gambit in the natural philosophical contest of the early seventeenth century 35
Circular argument : Descartes' vortices and their crafting as explanations of gravity 81
From mechanics to mechanism : the Quaestiones Mechanicae and Descartes' physics 99
The autonomy of natural philosophy : from truth to impartiality 131
Physico-theology and the mixed sciences : the role of theology in early modern natural philosophy 165
The Saturn problem : natural philosophical reputations and commitments on the line in 1660 Tuscany 185
Experimental versus speculative natural philosophy 215
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