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Margaret Cavendish : Observations upon Experimental Philosophy.

Author: Margaret Cavendish; Eileen O'Neill; Karl Ameriks; Desmond M Clarke
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Margaret Cavendish's Observations upon Experimental Philosophy holds a unique position in early modern philosophy, drawing on the doctrines of ancient Stoicism to attack the tenets of seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. Her treatise is a document of major importance in the history of women's contributions to philosophy and science.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Cavendish; Eileen O'Neill; Karl Ameriks; Desmond M Clarke
ISBN: 9780511049644 0511049641 9781139164504 1139164503
OCLC Number: 475916259
Description: 1 online resource (339 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Half-title --
Series-title --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Cavendish's works --
Editions and translations of other works frequently cited --
Introduction --
The publications in natural philosophy --
The critical reception of these works --
Cavendish's system of nature --
(1) Materialism --
(2) Complete mixture --
(3) Pan-organicism and pan-psychism --
(4) Continuum theory of matter --
(5) Non-mechanical natural change --
The significance of the text --
Chronology --
Further reading --
Note on the text --
The Preface to the Ensuing Treatise. To the Reader --
An Argumental Discourse --
The Table of All the Principal Subjects Contained and Discoursed of in This Book --
I Observations upon Experimental Philosophy --
II Further Observations upon Experimental Philosophy --
Reflecting Withal, upon Some Principal Subjects in Contemplative --
III Observations upon the Opinions of Some Ancient Philosophers --
I Observations upon Experimental Philosophy --
I Of Human Sense and Perception --
II Of Art, and Experimental Philosophy --
III Of Micrography, and of Magnifying and Multiplying Glasses. IV Of the Production of Fire by a Flint and Steel --
V Of Pores --
VI Of the ''Effluviums'' of the Loadstone --
VII Of the Stings of Nettles and Bees --
VIII Of the Beard of a Wild Oat --
IX Of the Eyes of Flies --
X Of a Butterfly --
XI Of the Walking Motions of Flies, and Other Creatures --
[XII] Whether It Be Possible to Make Man and Other Animal Creatures that Naturally Have No Wings, Fly as Birds Do --
XIII Of Snails and Leeches: And, Whether All Animals Have Blood --
XIV Of Natural Productions --
XV Of the Seeds of Vegetables. XVI Of the Providence of Nature, and of Some Opinions Concerning Motion --
XVII Descartes' Opinion of Motion, Examined --
XVIII Of the Blackness of a Charcoal --
and of Light --
XIX Of the Pores of a Charcoal --
and of Emptiness --
XX Of Colours --
XXI Whether an Idea have a Colour, and of the Idea of a Spirit --
XXII Of Wood Petrified --
XXIII Of the Nature of Water --
XXIV Of Salt --
and of Sea or Salt Water --
XXV Of the Motions of Heat and Cold --
XXVI Of the Measures, Degrees, and Different Sorts of Heat and Cold --
XXVII Of Congelation and Freezing. XXVIII Of Thawing or Dissolving of Frozen Bodies --
XXIX Several Questions Resolved Concerning Cold, and Frozen Bodies --
XXX Of Contraction and Dilatation --
XXXI Of the Parts of Nature, and of Atoms --
XXXII Of the Celestial Parts of This World --
and Whether They Be Alterable --
XXXIII Of the Substance of the Sun, and of Fire --
XXXIV Of Telescopes --
XXXV Of Knowledge and Perception in General --
XXXVI Of the Different Perceptions of Sense and Reason --
XXXVII Several Questions and Answers Concerning Knowledge and Perception.
Series Title: Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy.

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