The Transformation of Natural Philosophy: The Case of Philip Melanchthon

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This book examines the genesis of Lutheran interest in natural philoso phical issues by focusing on the reform of natural philosophy initiated by Philip Melanchthon. It suggests that Melanchthon transformed traditional natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one in an effort to refute civil disobedience and promote Luther's cause. an approach to natural philosophy by a dichotomy of 'science' vs. 'religion' is hazardous: natural philosophy should be understood as a study of nature, understood as God's ...
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Overview

This book examines the genesis of Lutheran interest in natural philoso phical issues by focusing on the reform of natural philosophy initiated by Philip Melanchthon. It suggests that Melanchthon transformed traditional natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one in an effort to refute civil disobedience and promote Luther's cause. an approach to natural philosophy by a dichotomy of 'science' vs. 'religion' is hazardous: natural philosophy should be understood as a study of nature, understood as God's creation, undertaken for Christian purposes.
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"...an exemplary case study." Renaissance Quarterly

"Kusukawa provides a rich analysis of the natural philosophy of Melanchthon." Reader's Review

"In The Transformation of Natural Philosophy Kusukawa provides historical context for Melanchthon's natural philosophy in imaginative and innovative ways..." The Sixteenth Century Journal

"This book contributes much of value both to an understanding of Melanchthon and to an understanding of scientific study in the sixteenth century." Charles G. Nauert, Jr., American Historical Review

"Kusukawa's study is an indispensable guide and an important starting point for future discussion." Ralph Keen, Church History

"In addition to bringing to light important developments in sixteenth-century German natural philosphy, Kusukawa's work provides some insight into the origins of fideism and its connection with Lutheran thought. This is a significant contribution to the history of an area that perhaps receives its fullest articulation in the work of that latter-day Lutheran philosopher, Immanuel Kant." Michael W. Tkacz, Review of Metaphysics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521030465
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series , #34
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the text
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The way of the Schoolmen 7
2 Law and Gospel: the reforms of Luther and Melanchthon 27
3 The soul 75
4 The Providence of God 124
5 The construction of orthodoxy 174
Conclusion: a transformation of natural philosophy 201
Bibliography 211
Index 241
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