The Transformation of Natural Philosophy
The Case of Philip Melanchthon
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Transformation of Natural Philosophy by Sachiko Kusukawa
Book DescriptionThis book proposes that Philip Melanchthon was responsible for transforming traditional university natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one. Motivated by desire to check civil disobedience and promote a Lutheran orthodoxy, he created a natural philosophy based on Aristotle, Galen and Plato, incorporating contemporary findings of Copernicus and Vesalius. The fields of astrology, anatomy, botany and mathematics all constituted a natural philosophy in which Melanchthon wished to demonstrate God's Providential design in the physical world. Rather than dichotomizing or synthesizing the two distinct areas of 'science' and 'religion', Kusukawa advocates the need to look at 'Natural philosophy' as a discipline quite different from either 'modern science' or 'religion': a contextual assessment of the implication of the Lutheran Reformation on university education, particularly on natural philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521473477
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Natural Philosophy Epitomised, Hardback (August 2008)
Gregor Reisch's "The Philosophic Pearl" (Margarita Philosophica), first published in 1503, was the first extensive printed text which discussed the disciplines taught at university to achieve widespread dissemination. This volume presents a translation, with commentary and an introduction, of the four books which deal with natural philosophy.
Transformation of Natural Philosophy, Paperback (November 2006)
A study of the transformation of natural philosophy by the Lutheran Philip Melanchthon.
Transmitting Knowledge, Hardback (June 2006)» View all books by Sachiko Kusukawa
Based on new research, a distinguished international team studies the forms in which scientific knowledge was transmitted in the late medieval and early modern period, the ways they interacted, and the people to whom the knowledge was directed. Among the famous authors whose work is examined here are Fuchs, Vesalius, Tycho Brahe, and Descartes.
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