Archives of Philosophy Volume 4-13

Archives of Philosophy Volume 4-13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...master of physics. Though the opposition of the church and state to all innovation made the progress of science very slow, it could not stop it altogether. There were minds already affected by the germ of progress, cultivated in the preceding centuries. The utility of science had been realized by them. Divine revelation no longer filled such minds with expectations. There were attempts on the part of men to become through their own efforts masters over nature, of which philosophy was to give the explanation. Huygens was not the only one of his time who believed that philosophy is to give "les connaissances des causes de la nature.' The definition of a philosopher of those days, which we find in the Dictionary of the Academy, shows how closely philosophy was associated with science. A philosopher is defined as "celui qui s'applique a l'etude des sciences et qui cherche a connaitre les effets par leurs causes et par leurs principes."' Philosophical research was part of the work of the Academy of Science. At that time man aspired in France to a philosophy which would give the explanation of all physical phenomena, enumerated by Huygens--weight, light, coldness, heat; which would disclose the compounds of air, fire, water, and of all other bodies; which would show how metals, stones, and grass grow; what the service of respiration to animals is; and through which a knowledge of all other things, of which the world knows little, but which would be very useful to know, could be obtained.' Experiments on these phenomena were to give the foundation for a philosophy. There was a pronounced tendency towards a naturalistic philosophy, but it was suppressed at its very outbreak. Naturalism was not judged more

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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236944755
  • 9781236944757