Robert Boyle Reconsidered


Robert Boyle Reconsidered

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Full Description

This book presents a new view of Robert Boyle (1627-91), the leading British scientist in the generation before Newton. It comprises a series of essays by scholars from Europe and North America which scrutinise Boyle's writings on science, philosophy and theology in detail, bringing out the subtlety of his ideas and the complexity of his relationship with his context. Particular attention is given to Boyle's interest in alchemy and to other facets of his ideas which might initially seen surprising in a leading advocate of the mechanical philosophy. Many of the essays use material from among Boyle's extensive manuscripts, which have recently been catalogued for the first time. The introduction surveys the state of Boyle studies and deploys the findings of the essays to offer a revaluation of Boyle. The book also includes a bibliography of writings on Boyle since 1940.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1. Introduction Michael Hunter
2. Virtue, providence and political neutralism:
Boyle and interregnum politics Malcolm Oster
3. Science writing and writing science: Boyle
and rhetorical theory John T. Harwood
4. Learning from experience: Boyle's
construction of an experimental philosophy
Rose-Mary Sargent
5. Carneades and the chemists: a study of The
Sceptical Chymist and its impact on
seventeenth-century chemistry Antonio Clericuzio
6. Boyle's alchemical pursuits Lawrence M.
7. Boyle's debt to corpuscular alchemy William
R. Newman
8. Boyle and cosmical qualities John Henry
9. The theological context of Boyle's Things
above Reason Jan W. Wojcik
10. 'Parcere nominibus': Boyle, Hooke and the
rhetorical interpretation of Descartes Edward
B. Davis
11. Teleological reasoning in Boyle's
Disquisition about Final Causes Timothy Shanahan
12. Locke and Boyle on miracles and God's
existence J. J. Macintosh
Bibliography of writings on Boyle published
since 1940