Article ID: CBB442161394

Appetitive Matter and Perception in Ralph Austen’s Projects of Natural History of Plants (2018)

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In this article I argue that, through the use of experimental practice and by following Bacon’s general prescriptions for natural history, Ralph Austen developed an appetitive theory of matter of Baconian inspiration. There are at least three areas of similarity between the two authors’ theories of matter: the presence and activity of spirits as the main entities animating matter; the relations of sympathy and antipathy between different elements of matter; and perception as an appetitive property of plants that can produce motion. I conclude that Austen developed his theory of matter on the basis of these three central points, which bear a significant resemblance to Bacon’s own theory, a connection that is best exemplified by its appetitive character.

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Article Fabrizio Baldassarri; Oana Matei (2018) Manipulating Flora: Seventeenth-Century Botanical Practices and Natural Philosophy. Introduction. Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period (pp. 413-419). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Giglioni, Guido Maria
Rusu, Doina-Cristina
Alfonso-Goldfarb, Ana Maria
Baggott, Jim
Biener, Zvi
Clericuzio, Antonio
Journals
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
British Journal for the History of Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Garden History
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Publishers
Natural History Museum (London, England)
University of Oklahoma
Biblos
Olschki
Oxford University Press
Springer
Concepts
Matter theory
Plants
Properties of matter
Natural history
Philosophy of science
Biology
People
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Austen, Ralph
Beeckman, Isaac
Boerhaave, Herman
Boyle, Robert
Cotes, Roger
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
Places
Europe
England
British Isles
Sweden
London (England)
Institutions
Royal Society of London
Natural History Museum (London, England)
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