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  • ISBN: 9780226734972
  • ISBN10: 0226734978

The Diffident Naturalist Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment

by Rose-Mary Sargent

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1995
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Acknowledgments Introduction Overview Recent Trends Philosophical Issues Plan of the Study Part I. Learning from the Past 1. The Philosophical Tradition A Philosophical Revolution A New Alternative The Pyramid and the Tree Boyle's Choice 2. The Legal Tradition English Common Law Experience and the Experimental Philosophy Boyle versus Hobbes 3. The Experimental Tradition The Physico-Mechanical Tradition The Alchemical Tradition The Medical Tradition Part II. Being a Christian Virtuoso 4. Natural Theology The Book of Nature and Philosophical Worship A Free Inquiry The Corpuscular Philosophy and Physical Causality Causal Relations and the Essences of Bodies 5. Biblical Hermeneutics The Two Books The Interpretation of Scripture The Interpretation of Nature Part III. Acting Experimentally 6. Observing Constructing the Factual Foundation Collecting Observations Assessing Credibility 7. Experimenting Creating an Artificial Environment The Contingencies of Experiment Making Experiments Experimental Strategies 8. Writing Composing Experimental Essays Exciting Curiosity Collaborating An Experimental History of Cold Conclusion: The Experimental Process Boyle's Philosophy of Experiment The Significance of Boyle's Philosophy Notes Bibliography Index
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