The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia

Stephen Gaukroger

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Abstract

The dominant model of the unity of natural philosophy in the Middle Ages, namely scientia, collapsed in the early modern era, and the unity of natural philosophy was rethought in the seventeenth century in terms of a reductionist and foundationalist notion of common causation. I want to argue that, if we can identify the reasons for the collapse of the notion of scientia, then we can get a better sense of what was demanded of its successors, and that this will help us in understanding the subordination of all cognitive values to scientific ones so distinctive of the modern era.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientia in Early Modern Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationSeventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles
EditorsTom Sorell, G A J Rogers, Jill Kraye
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Pages19-34
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)904813076X , 978-9048130764
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in History and Philosophy of Science
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media

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Unity
Natural philosophy
Successor
Foundationalist
Subordination
Early Modern Era
Cognitive Value
Reductionist
Modern Era
Medieval Period
Causation

Keywords

  • Seventeenth Century
  • Natural Philosopher
  • Secondary Quality
  • Theoretical Science
  • Macroscopic World

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Gaukroger, S. (2009). The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia. In T. Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers, & J. Kraye (Eds.), Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles (pp. 19-34). (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science). New York, NY, USA: Springer Science+Business Media.

The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia. / Gaukroger, Stephen.

Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles. ed. / Tom Sorell; G A J Rogers; Jill Kraye. New York, NY, USA : Springer Science+Business Media, 2009. p. 19-34 (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science).

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Gaukroger, S 2009, The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia. in T Sorell, GAJ Rogers & J Kraye (eds), Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Springer Science+Business Media, New York, NY, USA, pp. 19-34.
Gaukroger S. The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia. In Sorell T, Rogers GAJ, Kraye J, editors, Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles. New York, NY, USA: Springer Science+Business Media. 2009. p. 19-34. (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science).
Gaukroger, Stephen. / The Unity of Natural Philosophy and the End of Scientia. Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles. editor / Tom Sorell ; G A J Rogers ; Jill Kraye. New York, NY, USA : Springer Science+Business Media, 2009. pp. 19-34 (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science).
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