Book ID: CBB727294343

Dutch Cartesianism and the Birth of Philosophy of Science: A Reappraisal of the Function of Philosophy from Regius to 's Gravesande 1640-1750 (2018)

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Strazzoni, Andrea (Author)


de Gruyter


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 300 pages
Language: English

How did the relations between philosophy and science evolve during the 17th and the 18th century? This book analyzes this issue by considering the history of Cartesianism in Dutch universities, as well as its legacy in the 18th century. It takes into account the ways in which the disciplines of logic and metaphysics became functional to the justification and reflection on the conceptual premises and the methods of natural philosophy, changing their traditional roles as art of reasoning and as science of being. This transformation took place as a result of two factors. First, logic and metaphysics (which included rational theology) were used to grant the status of indubitable knowledge of natural philosophy. Second, the debates internal to Cartesianism, as well as the emergence of alternative philosophical world-views (such as those of Hobbes, Spinoza, the experimental science and Newtonianism) progressively deprived such disciplines of their foundational function, and they started to become forms of reflection over given scientific practices, either Cartesian, experimental, or Newtonian.

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Review Pietro Daniel Omodeo (2022) Review of "Dutch Cartesianism and the Birth of Philosophy of Science: A Reappraisal of the Function of Philosophy from Regius to 's Gravesande 1640-1750". Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (pp. 301-304). unapi

Review Klaas van Berkel (2020) Review of "Dutch Cartesianism and the Birth of Philosophy of Science: A Reappraisal of the Function of Philosophy from Regius to 's Gravesande 1640-1750". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 881-882). unapi

Review Klaas van Berkel (2020) Review of "Dutch Cartesianism and the Birth of Philosophy of Science: A Reappraisal of the Function of Philosophy from Regius to 's Gravesande 1640-1750". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 881-882). unapi

Review Ferdinando Abbri (2020) Review of "Dutch Cartesianism and the Birth of Philosophy of Science: A Reappraisal of the Function of Philosophy from Regius to 's Gravesande 1640-1750". Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza (pp. 172-174). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Schmaltz, Tad M.
Jip van Besouw
Sangiacomo, Andrea
Schuster, John
Pessin, Andrew
Easton, Patricia
Journals
Perspectives on Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Gewina
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Publishers
Springer
Sentinel Open Press
Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg
Oxford University Press
Brepols
Blackwell Publishers
Concepts
Natural philosophy
Cartesianism
Philosophy of science
Historiography
Empiricism
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
People
Descartes, René
Locke, John
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Desgabets, Robert
Gravesande, Willem Jakob van's
Santvoort, Dirk
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
Early modern
Places
Netherlands
France
Europe
Leiden (Netherlands)
England
Germany
Institutions
Académie des Sciences, Paris
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