Book ID: CBB923571073

René Descartes’s Natural Philosophy and Particular Bodies (2024)


Baldassarri, Fabrizio (Author)


Publication Date: 2024
Physical Details: xv, 208 pp.
Language: English

This book explores René Descartes’s attempts to describe particular bodies, such as rocks, minerals, metals, plants, and animals, within the mechanistic interpretation of nature of his philosophical program. Despite his early rationalistic epistemology, Descartes’s increasing attention to collections, histories, lists of qualities, and particular bodies results in a puzzling ‘short history of all natural phenomena’ contained in the Principles of philosophy (1644). The present book outlines the role of Descartes's observations and experimentation as he aimed to construct a universal science of nature, ultimately revealing the mechanization of nature in detail, and for curious bodies such as the Bologna Stone or the sensitive herb. What results is a theoretical natural history consistent with the mechanical principles of his philosophy, ultimately shedding new light on his attempt to produce a complete philosophy of nature.

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Authors & Contributors
Walmsley, Jonathan
Vinci, Thomas C.
Sutton, John R.
Strazzoni, Andrea
Stewart, Ian G.
Spallanzani, Mariafranca
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Oxford University Press
Lexington Books
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Blackwell Publishers
Natural philosophy
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Natural history
Descartes, René
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Locke, John
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Boyle, Robert
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
18th century
Great Britain

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