Remarks on the Pre-history of the Mechanical Philosophy

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Abstract

The mechanical (or corpuscular philosophy) has been well-established as a historiographical category for some years now. While it certainly began as an actor’s category, it has slipped into being something else, a kind of broad catch-all category that is taken to include most of those who opposed the Aristotelian philosophy of the schools throughout the entire seventeenth century, part of a broad master narrative about the demise of the scholastic Aristotelian philosophy of the schools and the rise of modern mathematical and experimental science, the titanic intellectual clash that gave birth to modernity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages3-26
Number of pages24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Volume300
ISSN (Print)0068-0346
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7942

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Keywords

  • Explanatory Program
  • Infinite Divisibility
  • Mechanical Philosophy
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Seventeenth Century

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