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 figuresDescartes, Bacon, and Newtonand 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. In showing how the work of these and other seventeenth-century figures led to the appearance of a dominant new view of nature and perception, Barry's book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the formative period of modern science.
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Table of Contents
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