Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought

Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought

by James Barry
ISBN-10:
0810114240
ISBN-13:
9780810114241
Pub. Date:
11/25/1996
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
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Measures of Science: Theological and Technological Impulses in Early Modern Thought

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 figures—Descartes, Bacon, and Newton—and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810114241
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 11/25/1996
Series: SPEP Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

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

Epilogue
Notes 
Index

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