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Pierre Gassendi's philosophy and science : atomism for empiricists

Author: Saul Fisher; Pierre Gassendi
Publisher: Leiden : Brill, Boston. 2005 ;
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history, 131
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This study of Gassendi's philosophy and science puts forth the view that his atomism follows from his empiricism: as an outgrowth of our best theory of knowledge and sound scientific method, we get  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saul Fisher; Pierre Gassendi
ISBN: 9004119965 9789004119963
OCLC Number: 860001544
Description: xxviii, 436 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: PrefaceNotice to the ReaderForeword: A New, Integrated Picture of GassendiIntroduction: Basses-Alpes Priest, Provencal Scientist, and Parisian PhilosopherPART I. A CONSTRUCTIVE SKEPTICIST THEORY OF EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE1. The Skeptical Challenge, an Empiricist Response, and a Physicalist Theory of Perceptual Belief2. The Theory of Signs: Cautious License for Truth-Like Empirical Belief3. Empiricist Epistemic Warrant, and Probabilist and Anti-Essentialist ConsequencesPART II. SCIENTIFIC METHOD: THE REGRESSUS DEMONSTRATIVUS AND HYPOTHETICAL REASONING4. Methodological Pursuits: The Regressus Recast, Induction, and Probability5. The Institutio Method in Practice: Gassendi's Report of the Pascalian Experiment6. A Method of Hypotheses and Hypothetical ReasoningPART III. THE ATOMIST HYPOTHESIS7. Smallest Particles: From Ancient Atomist and Minima Theories to Minima Naturae and Physical Corpuscularianism8. The Mechanical Philosophy9. Ultimate Particles and Essential Features10. Atomic Motion, Causal Role, and Internal Impetus11. Explanatory Uses of the Atomist Hypothesis12. Atomism, the Mechanical Philosophy, and Empirical ViabilityPART IV. ATOMISM AS HYPOTHESIS AND AS EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE13. Atomism and Scientific Method14. Is There a Circle in Gassendi's Reasoning?BibliographyGeneral Index
Series Title: Brill's studies in intellectual history, 131
Responsibility: by Saul Fisher.


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