Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature by Robert Boyle
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Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature
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Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature

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Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature by Robert Boyle

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In this book, published in 1686, the scientist Robert Boyle (1627-91) attacked prevailing notions of the natural world which depicted 'Nature' as a wise, benevolent and purposeful being. Boyle, one of the leading mechanical philosophers of his day, believed that the world was best understood as a vast, impersonal machine, fashioned by an infinite, personal God. In this cogent treatise, he drew on his scientific findings, his knowledge of contemporary medicine and his deep reflection on theological and philosophical issues, arguing that it was inappropriate both theologically and scientifically to speak of Nature as if it had a mind of its own: instead, the only true efficient causes of things were the properties and powers given to matter by God. As such, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature represents one of the subtlest statements concerning the philosophical issues raised by the mechanical philosophy to emerge from the period of the scientific revolution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521567961
ISBN-10: 0521567963
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 212
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature by Robert Boyle Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature, Hardback (November 1996)

An important treatise by one of the leading mechanical philosophers of the seventeenth century.

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A work that is suitable for teachers, students, and scholars with seventeenth-century interests.

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