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

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

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

  • Date Published: November 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521567961

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  • Published in 1686, this work attacked prevailing notions of the natural world that depicted "Nature" as a wise, benevolent and purposeful being. It represents one of the subtlest statements concerning the issues raised by the mechanical philosophy that emerged from the Scientific Revolution. This volume presents the first modern edition of the complete text, together with a historical introduction, a chronology of Boyle's life and notes on further reading.

    • Only complete text by Boyle in print
    • Key work for understanding seventeenth-century preoccupations
    • probably the best book available on Boyle
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    "This work, which admirably testifies to Boyle's equal concern for 'truth and philosophical freedom' and 'religion', deserves this new edition. And, as Davis and Hunter suggest at the end of their introduction, today an essay on the idea of nature can have more than a simple historical significance." Guido Giglioni, Isis

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    • Date Published: November 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521567961
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    A note on the text
    A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature
    The Preface
    Section I
    Section II
    Section III
    Section IV
    Section V
    Section VI
    Section VII
    Section VIII

  • Author

    Robert Boyle


    Edward B. Davis, Messiah College, Pennsylvania

    Michael Hunter, Birkbeck College, University of London

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