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Robert Boyle reconsidered

Author: Michael Cyril William Hunter
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book presents a new view of Robert Boyle (1627-91), the leading British scientist in the generation before Newton. It comprises a series of essays by scholars from Europe and North America which scrutinise Boyle's writings on science, philosophy and theology in detail, bringing out the subtlety of his ideas and the complexity of his relationship with his context. Particular attention is given to Boyle's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Robert Boyle; Boyle; Robert Boyle; Robert Boyle
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Cyril William Hunter
ISBN: 0521442052 9780521442053
OCLC Number: 28291637
Description: xviii, 231 p. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Virtue, providence and political neutralism : Boyle and interregnum politics / Malcolm Oster --
Science writing and writing science : Boyle and rhetorical theory / John T. Harwood --
Learning from experience : Boyle's construction of an experimental philosophy / Rose-Mary Sargent --
Carneades and the chemists : a study of The sceptical chymist and its impact on seventeenth-century chemistry / Antonio Clericuzio --
Boyle's alchemical pursuits / Lawrence M. Principe --
Boyle's debt to corpuscular alchemy / William R. Newman --
Boyle and cosmical qualities / John Henry --
The theological context of Boyle's Things above reason / Jan W. Wojcik --
'Parcere nominibus' : Boyle, Hooke and the rhetorical interpretation of Descartes / Edward B. Davis. Teleological reasoning in Boyle's Disquisition about final causes / Timothy Shanahan --
Locke and Boyle on miracles and God's existence / J.J. MacIntosh.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Hunter.
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This book presents a new view of Robert Boyle (1627-91), the leading British scientist in the generation before Newton. It comprises a series of essays by scholars from Europe and North America which scrutinise Boyle's writings on science, philosophy and theology in detail, bringing out the subtlety of his ideas and the complexity of his relationship with his context. Particular attention is given to Boyle's interest in alchemy and to other facets of his ideas which might initially seem surprising in a leading advocate of the mechanical philosophy. Many of the essays use material from among Boyle's extensive manuscripts, which have recently been catalogued for the first time. The introduction surveys the state of Boyle studies and deploys the findings of the essays to offer a revaluation of Boyle. As an additional resource, the book also includes a complete bibliography of writings on Boyle since 1940.

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