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The Transformation of Natural Philosophy
The Case of Philip Melanchthon

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030465

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  • This book examines the genesis of Lutheran interest in natural philosophical issues by focusing on the reform of natural philosophy initiated by Philip Melanchthon. It suggests that Melanchthon transformed traditional natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one in an effort to refute civil disobedience and promote Luther's cause. It argues that an approach to natural philosophy by a dichotomy of "science" vs. "religion" is hazardous: natural philosophy should be understood as a study of nature, understood as God's creation, undertaken for Christian purposes.

    • A monographic treatment in English of Melanchthon's natural philosophy
    • Studies the implication of the Lutheran Reformation on philosophy education in universities
    • Considers natural philosophy as neither science nor religion
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " exemplary case study." Renaissance Quarterly

    "Kusukawa provides a rich analysis of the natural philosophy of Melanchthon." Reader's Review

    "In The Transformation of Natural Philosophy Kusukawa provides historical context for Melanchthon's natural philosophy in imaginative and innovative ways..." The Sixteenth Century Journal

    "This book contributes much of value both to an understanding of Melanchthon and to an understanding of scientific study in the sixteenth century." Charles G. Nauert, Jr., American Historical Review

    "Kusukawa's study is an indispensable guide and an important starting point for future discussion." Ralph Keen, Church History

    "In addition to bringing to light important developments in sixteenth-century German natural philosphy, Kusukawa's work provides some insight into the origins of fideism and its connection with Lutheran thought. This is a significant contribution to the history of an area that perhaps receives its fullest articulation in the work of that latter-day Lutheran philosopher, Immanuel Kant." Michael W. Tkacz, Review of Metaphysics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030465
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.411kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on the text
    1. The way of the schoolmen
    2. Law and Gospel: the reforms of Luther and Melanchthon
    1. Luther's reform - establishing the message of the Gospel
    2. Melanchthon's reform - law and philosophy
    3. The soul
    4. The Providence of God
    5. The construction of orthodoxy
    Conclusion: a transformation of natural philosophy

  • Author

    Sachiko Kusukawa, Trinity College, Cambridge

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