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A free enquiry into the vulgarly received notion of nature

Author: Robert Boyle; Edward Bradford Davis; Michael Cyril William Hunter
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Series: Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy.
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"The main objective of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy is to expand the range, variety, and quality of texts in the history of philosophy which are available in English. The series includes texts by familiar names (such as Descartes and Kant) and also by less well-known authors. Wherever possible, texts are published in complete and unabridged form, and translations are specially commissioned for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Robert Boyle
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Boyle; Edward Bradford Davis; Michael Cyril William Hunter
ISBN: 0521561000 9780521561006 0521567963 9780521567961
OCLC Number: 34476132
Description: xxxvi, 171 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy.
Responsibility: Robert Boyle ; edited by Edward B. Davis, Michael Hunter.
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"The main objective of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy is to expand the range, variety, and quality of texts in the history of philosophy which are available in English. The series includes texts by familiar names (such as Descartes and Kant) and also by less well-known authors. Wherever possible, texts are published in complete and unabridged form, and translations are specially commissioned for the series. Each volume contains a critical introduction together with a guide to further reading and any necessary glossaries and textual apparatus. The volumes are designed for student use at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will be of interest not only to students of philosophy, but also to a wider audience of readers in the history of science, the history of theology, and the history of ideas." "In this book, published in 1686, the scientist Robert Boyle (1627-91) attacked prevailing notions of the natural world which depicted 'Nature' as a wise, benevolent and purposeful being. Boyle, one of the leading mechanical philosophers of his day, believed that the world was best understood as a vast, impersonal machine, fashioned by an infinite, personal God. In this cogent treatise, he drew on his scientific findings, his knowledge of contemporary medicine and his deep reflection on theological and philosophical issues, arguing that it was inappropriate both theologically and scientifically to speak of Nature as if it had a mind of its own: instead, the only true efficient causes of things were the properties and powers given to matter by God. As such, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature represents one of the subtlest statements concerning the philosophical issues raised by the mechanical philosophy to emerge from the period of the scientific revolution. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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