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Philosophy of Robert Boyle, The
Author: Peter R. Anstey
Illustrations : 6 line figures
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-46477-X
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-46477-9
No of pages : 256
eBook Price : $173
Originally Published : 29 Jun 2000
This book presents the first integrated treatment of the mechanical or corpuscular philosophy of Robert Boyle, one of the leading English natural philosophers of the Scientific Revolution. It examines the central concepts of his philosophy, including the theory of matter and its qualities, causation, the laws of nature, motion and the incorporeal.
The book is divided into two parts - the first examining the manner in which Boyle distinguished between various qualities, his view on the perception of these qualities and the ontological status of the sensible qualities. The second part examines Boyle's mechanism in general. Through detailed examination of Boyle's conceptions of motion, laws and space, it is argued that Boyle uphold's a unique view of the causal interaction of natural bodies.
Boyle wrote as a natural philosopher and a committed experimentalist. This book is the first ever that is entirely given over to an exposition of that philosophy. It will therefore be of vital interest to any serious scholar of the history and philosophy of science.
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Table of contents : Introduction
Part I The theory of qualities 1. Distinctions among the qualities 2. Distinguishing criteria for the primary qualities 3. The perception of the sensible qualities 4. The ontological status of the sensible qualities
Part II Matter in motion 5. Natural and violent states and motions 6. The nature of place 7. Laws and concurrence
8. Mind/Body interaction
Appendices 1. Transcript of Boyle Papers, vol. 10, fols. 29-31 2. Transcript of Boyle Papers, vol. 10, fols. 38-40
"...Peter Anstey's rare combination of historical sensitivity with analytical sophistication should have a salutary effect on ongoing debates about Robert Boyle in a philosophical setting." - Michael Hunter, Times Literary Supplement, August 31st 2001