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Robert Boyle and the limits of reason

Author: Jan W Wojcik
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason, Jan W. Wojcik explores the theological context within which Boyle developed his views on reason's limits. Wojcik shows how Boyle's three categories of "things above reason" - the incomprehensible, the inexplicable, and the unsociable - were reflected in his conception of the goals and methods of natural philosophy.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan W Wojcik
ISBN: 0521560292 9780521560290
OCLC Number: 35548793
Description: xvi, 243 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Things above Reason: Medieval Context and Concepts. Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria. Thomas Aquinas. Double-truth and the Law of Noncontradiction. Lorenzo Valla. Two Approaches Summarized. Anglicans and Puritans --
2. The Threat of Socinianism. The Protestant Background. Early Socinianism. The "Englishing" of Socnianism. Boyle's Response to Socinianism (c. 1652). Other Responses to Socinianism. Conclusions --
3. Predestination Controversies. Arminians versus Calvinists. Doctrinal Issues. Boyle's Seraphic Love. Howe's Reconcileableness and Hammond's Pacifick Discourse --
4. Theology and the Limits of Reason. Style of the Scriptures. Reconcileableness of Reason and Religion. Things above Reason. The Charge of Enthusiasm and Advices.
Responsibility: Jan W. Wojcik.
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In Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason, Jan W. Wojcik explores the theological context within which Boyle developed his views on reason's limits. Wojcik shows how Boyle's three categories of "things above reason" - the incomprehensible, the inexplicable, and the unsociable - were reflected in his conception of the goals and methods of natural philosophy.

Throughout the book, Wojcik emphasizes Boyle's remarkably unified worldview in which truths in chemistry, physics, and theology were but different aspects of one unified body of knowledge. She concludes with an analysis of the presupposition on which Boyle's views on the limits of reason rested: that when God created intelligent beings, he deliberately chose to limit their understanding, reserving a complete understanding for the afterlife.

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