Matter and Form

Matter and Form : From Natural Science to Political Philosophy

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Matter and Form explores the relationship between natural science and political philosophy from the classical to contemporary eras, taking an interdisciplinary approach to the philosophic understanding of the structure and process of the natural world and its impact on the history of political philosophy. It illuminates the importance of philosophic reflection on material nature to moral and political theorizing, mediating between the sciences and humanities and making a contribution to ending the isolation between more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 26mm | 480.81g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739135686
  • 9780739135686

Review quote

Ward's impressive book brings wide-ranging wisdom to a present-day intellectual crisis: the gulf between modern science and humane philosophy. -- Robert Faulkner, Boston College This book does indeed take the reader on an amazing journey, from natural science to political philosophy-from the pre-Socratics to the students of Socrates: Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Averroes-and then back again, exploring the role of modern science in the new liberal politics of Montaigne, Descartes, and especially Hobbes. The contributors deftly explore the various ways that science has figured in the political science of living well. Whether in Locke's account of substance, or Rousseau's botanical studies, or Darwin-influenced biopolitics, what can the study of nature reveal about the nature of man and human morality? Editor Ann Ward has ably assembled this mapping of the long-contested terrain of science and politics. -- Diana Schaub, Loyola College in Maryland Ann Ward's edited volume Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy provides both political philosophers with a keen interest in the natural sciences and scientists with a interest in the larger political and ethical stakes of their discipline with a much needed catalogue of essays dealing with some of the most daring attempts in Western intellectual history to conceive a political philosophy on the basis of a natural philosophy and, albeit to a lesser extent, vice versa. The European Legacy - Toward New Paradigmsshow more

About Ann Ward

Ann Ward is associate professor of philosophy and classics-political studies at Campion College at the University of Regina; she is also author of Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire, editor of Socrates: Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity, and co-editor with Lee Ward of The Ashgate Research Companion to more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. Ancient Science, Natural Teleology, and the Order of Politics Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Polis Philosophers Chapter 4 Chapter 2. The Immortality of the Soul and the Origin of the Cosmos in Plato's Phaedo Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Plato's Science of Living Well Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Understanding Aristotle's Politics through Form and Matter Part 7 Part II. Heavenly Perfection and Psychic Harmony Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Making "men see clearly": Physical Imperfection and Mathematical Order in Ptolemy's Syntaxis Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Liberalism in the Naturalistic-Psychological Roots of Averroes' Critique of Plato's Republic Part 10 Part III. Skepticism, Mechanism, and the New Politics Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Skepticism, Science, and Politics in Montaigne's Essays Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Parmenidean Intuitions in Descartes's Theory of the Heart's Motion Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Hobbes's Natural Condition and his Natural Science of the Mind in Leviathan Chapter 14 Chapter 10. Hobbes and Aristotle: Science and Politics Chapter 15 Chapter 11. From Metaphysics to Ethics and Beyond: Hobbes's Reaction to Aristotelian Essentialism Chapter 16 Chapter 12. Hobbes and Aristotle on Biology, Reason and Reproduction Part 17 Part IV. The Scientific Roots of Liberalism and Contemporary "Biopolitics" Chapter 18 Chapter 13. Locke and the Problematic Relation between Natural Science and Moral Philosophy Chapter 19 Chapter 14. Rousseau's Botanical-Political Problem: On the Nature of Nature and Political Philosophy Chapter 20 Chapter 15. Contrasting Biological and Humanistic Approaches to the Evolution of Political Morality Chapter 21 Dialogue of the Sciences and the Humanitiesshow more