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Robert Boyle Reconsidered

Robert Boyle Reconsidered


Michael Hunter, Malcolm Oster, John T. Harwood, Rose-Mary Sargent, Antonio Clericuzio, M. Principe, William R. Newman, John Henry, Jan W. Wojcik, Edward B. Davis, Timothy Shanahan, J. J. Macintosh
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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892674

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  • This book presents a new view of Robert Boyle (1627–91), the leading British scientist in the generation before Newton. It comprises a series of essays by scholars from Europe and North America which scrutinise Boyle's writings on science, philosophy and theology in detail, bringing out the subtlety of his ideas and the complexity of his relationship with his context. Particular attention is given to Boyle's interest in alchemy and to other facets of his ideas which might initially seen surprising in a leading advocate of the mechanical philosophy. Many of the essays use material from among Boyle's extensive manuscripts, which have recently been catalogued for the first time. The introduction surveys the state of Boyle studies and deploys the findings of the essays to offer a revaluation of Boyle. The book also includes a bibliography of writings on Boyle since 1940.

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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892674
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 190 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.463kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction Michael Hunter
    2. Virtue, providence and political neutralism: Boyle and interregnum politics Malcolm Oster
    3. Science writing and writing science: Boyle and rhetorical theory John T. Harwood
    4. Learning from experience: Boyle's construction of an experimental philosophy Rose-Mary Sargent
    5. Carneades and the chemists: a study of The Sceptical Chymist and its impact on seventeenth-century chemistry Antonio Clericuzio
    6. Boyle's alchemical pursuits Lawrence M. Principe
    7. Boyle's debt to corpuscular alchemy William R. Newman
    8. Boyle and cosmical qualities John Henry
    9. The theological context of Boyle's Things above Reason Jan W. Wojcik
    10. 'Parcere nominibus': Boyle, Hooke and the rhetorical interpretation of Descartes Edward B. Davis
    11. Teleological reasoning in Boyle's Disquisition about Final Causes Timothy Shanahan
    12. Locke and Boyle on miracles and God's existence J. J. Macintosh
    Bibliography of writings on Boyle published since 1940

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    Michael Hunter


    Michael Hunter, Malcolm Oster, John T. Harwood, Rose-Mary Sargent, Antonio Clericuzio, M. Principe, William R. Newman, John Henry, Jan W. Wojcik, Edward B. Davis, Timothy Shanahan, J. J. Macintosh

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