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Divine will and the mechanical philosophy : Gassendi and Descartes on contingency and necessity in the created world

Author: Margaret J Osler
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This book is about the influence of theological presuppositions on two versions of the mechanical philosophy in the seventeenth century.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Pierre Gassendi; René Descartes; Descartes, René <1596-1650>; Gassendi, Pierre <1592-1655>; Pierre Gassendi; René Descartes; René Descartes; Pierre Gassendi; René Descartes; Pierre Gassendi
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Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret J Osler
ISBN: 052152492X 9780521524926
OCLC Number: 71245959
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Description: xi, 284 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Theology and the Philosophy of Nature: 1. Divine power and divine will in the Middle Ages: historical and conceptual background; 2. Baptizing epicurean philosophy: Gassendi on divine will and the philosophy of nature; 3. Providence and human freedom in Christian epicureanism: Gassendi on fate, fortune and divination; 4. Theology, metaphysics, and epistemology: Gassendi's 'Science of Appearances'; 5. Eternal truths and the laws of nature; Part II. The Theological Foundations of Descartes' Philosophy of Nature: 6. Gassendi and Descartes in conflict; 7. Introduction: theories of matter and their epistemological connections; 8. Gassendi's atomism, an 'empirical' theory of matter; 9. Mathematizing nature: Descartes' geometrical theory of matter; 10. Conclusion: theology transformed and the emergence of styles of science.
Responsibility: Margaret J. Osler.
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