Divine Will and the Mechanical Philosophy
Gassendi and Descartes on Contingency and Necessity in the Created World
By (author) Margaret J. Osler
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Divine Will and the Mechanical Philosophy by Margaret J. Osler
Book DescriptionThis book is about the influence of varying theological conceptions of contingency and necessity on two versions of the mechanical philosophy in the seventeenth century. Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655) and Rene Descartes (1596-1650) both believed that all natural phenomena could be explained in terms of matter and motion alone. They disagreed about the details of their mechanical accounts of the world, in particular about their theories of matter and their approaches to scientific method. This book traces their differences back to theological presuppositions they inherited from the Middle Ages. Theological ideas were transformed into philosophical and scientific ideas which led to the emergence of different styles of science in the second half of the seventeenth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521524926
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret J. Osler
Reconfiguring the World, Paperback (September 2010)
Ultimately, she shows how a few gifted students of nature changed the way we see ourselves and the universe.
Atoms, Pneuma, and Tranquillity, Paperback (August 2005)
This book addresses the question of the influence that Epicureanism and Stoicism exerted on the development of European thought from classical times to the Enlightenment.
Religion, Science, and Worldview, Paperback (August 2002)
Essays on Sir Isaac Newton; science and religion; and historiographical and social studies of science.
Rethinking the Scientific Revolution, Hardback (March 2000)» View all books by Margaret J. Osler
This collection reconsiders canonical figures and the formation of disciplinary boundaries during the Scientific Revolution.
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