Science For A Polite Society: Gender, Culture, And The Demonstration Of Enlightenment

Science For A Polite Society: Gender, Culture, And The Demonstration Of Enlightenment

by Geoffrey V. Sutton

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ISBN-13: 9780429977046
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
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About the Author

Geoffrey V. Sutton teaches at Macalester College.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Prefacexi
1The Introduction, in which the Author offers two tales of the Scientific Revolution1
Part 1Science in the Reign of Louis XIII
2Pawning off the New Science: Theophraste Renaudot and the Conferences of the Bureau d'adresse19
Natural History and Natural Philosophy at the Bureau d'adresse21
Science and Orthodoxy at the Bureau d'adresse35
The Comparative Case of Literature41
3Of Black Sheep, False Suns, and Systematic Thought: Rene Descartes and His World53
A Biographical sketch of the philosopher as black sheep54
The Cartesian System; or, a lengthy explanation of false suns62
Reflections on the mind-body problem95
Part 2Science in the Reign of Louis XIV
4A Science for a Polite Society: the Crown as the second most Philosophical Hat in Paris103
The precious pursuit of natural philosophy104
Science as gloire in the court of the Sun King119
5A Pretty Novel of Physics, in which Cogito, ergo sum meets l'Etat, c'est moi143
A Science for the Sun King144
Dutch Reformed Cartesian Liberalism, with notes on deconstruction and other things157
The Sun King strikes back164
The birth of a new Cartesian Physics177
Part 3Science in the Reign of Louis XV
6The Demonstration of Enlightenment191
The most philosophical hat in Paris passes to Pierre Poliniere194
Demonstration-Lectures: Enlightenment without Hypothesis208
Jean Antoine Nollet and the Enlightenment in Paris223
7The Discovery of the Newtonian World; or, Flattening the Poles if not the Cartesians241
Emilie du Chatelet and the Mind of the Enlightenment243
The Discovery of the Newtonian World258
The best of all possible worlds; or, the marriage of Newton and Leibniz261
A new conversation on the plurality of worlds, in which Fontenelle is both panned and glossed272
8Electricity in the Eighteenth Century; or, The Philosophy of Shocks and Sparks287
The world is full of a number of things, most of them electric292
The systeme Nollet300
Of kites and coonskin caps: a noble savage for electricity319
9The Conclusion, in which the Author Draws a Moral337
Notes349
Bibliography375
About the Book and Author383
Index385

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