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Remarks on the Pre-history of the Mechanical Philosophy

  • Daniel GarberEmail author
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 282)

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.

Keywords

Seventeenth Century Scientific Revolution Explanatory Program Infinite Divisibility Mechanical Philosophy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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