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Teodoro de Almeida (1722‑1804) ou a arte da recreação (2021)


Teodoro de Almeida (1722-1804) was an Oratorian priest and natural philosopher whose works marked the Portuguese Enlightenment. Teaching, public lectures and printing were the main vehicles Almeida used to deliver his accounts of natural phenomena and the advancement of experimental philosophy. His main work concerning the popularisation of natural philosophy was the ten-volume Philosophical recreation or Dialogue on natural philosophy, for the instruction of curious people who could not attend classes, published between 1751 and 1800. In this chapter, I approach Philosophical recreation as an instance of the process of appropriation of modern natural philosophy in 18th-century Portugal, a Catholic and peripheral country. The author analyses the relationship between science and religion and the fact that Almeida used the same rhetorical devices as some Protestant natural philosophers to fight against attacks on religious orthodoxy. Finally, I address the social profile of the audiences of Philosophical recreation and the editorial achievements of some of Almeida’s works.

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Authors & Contributors
Vries, Lyke de
Guichard, Luis Arturo
Myers, Erin A.
Casini, Paolo
João Brigola
García Alonso, Juan Luis
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science and Education
Archives of Natural History
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Tinta da China
Carocci Editore
Università degli Studi
Science History Publications
Peter Lang
Natural philosophy
Natural history
Science and religion
Rhetoric in scientific discourse
Public understanding of science
Pombal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquês de
Vallisneri, Antonio
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Wright, Joseph
Volta, Alessandro
Time Periods
18th century
Early modern
19th century
17th century
Great Britain
Hellenistic world
Mediterranean region
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Universidade de Coimbra

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