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Title The body as object and instrument of knowledge [electronic resource] : embodied empiricism in early modern science / Charles T. Wolfe, Ofer Gal, eds.

Published Dordrecht [Netherlands] ; New York : Springer, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 349 p.) : ill.
Series Studies in history and philosophy of science, 0929-6425 ; v. 25
Studies in history and philosophy of science ; v. 25.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Embodied empiricism / Charles T. Wolfe and Ofer Gal -- The body as object. Victories for empiricism, failures for theory : medicine and science in the seventeenth century / Harold J. Cook ; Practical experience in anatomy / Cynthia Klestinec ; Early modern empiricism and the discourse of the senses / Alan Salter ; Alkahest and fire : debating matter, chymistry, and natural history at the early Parisian Academy of the Sciences / Victor D. Boantza ; John Locke and Helmontian Medicine / Peter R. Anstey -- Body as instrument. Empiricism without the senses : how the instrument replaced the eye / Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris ; Mastering the appetites of matter : Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum / Guido Giglioni ; A corporall philosophy : language and "body -making" in the work of John Bulwer (1606-1656) / Justin E.H. Smith ; Memory and empirical information : Samuel Hartlib, John Beale and Robert Boyle / Richard Yeo ; Lamarck on feelings : from worms to humans / Snait B. Gissis -- Embodied minds. Carelessness and inattention : mind-wandering and the physiology of fantasy from Locke to Hume / John Sutton ; Instrumental or immersed experience : pleasure, pain and object perception in Locke / Lisa Shapiro ; Empiricism and its roots in the ancient medical tradition / Anik Waldow ; Embodied stimuli : Bonnet's statue of a sensitive agent / Tobias Cheung ; Empiricist heresies in early modern medical thought / Charles T. Wolfe.
Summary It was in 1660s England, according to the received view, in the Royal Society of London, that science acquired the form of empirical enquiry we recognize as our own: an open, collaborative experimental practice, mediated by specially-designed instruments, supported by civil discourse, stressing accuracy and replicability. Guided by the philosophy of Francis Bacon, by Protestant ideas of this worldly benevolence, by gentlemanly codes of decorum and by a dominant interest in mechanics and the mechanical structure of the universe, the members of the Royal Society created a novel experimental practice that superseded former modes of empirical inquiry, from Aristotelian observations to alchemical experimentation. --
These highlighted empirical studies of the body, were central in a workshop in the beginning of 2009 organized by the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science in Sydney. A number of pages that were presented by some of the leading figures in this area are presented in this volume. --Book Jacket.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Other author Wolfe, Charles T.
Gal, Ofer.
Subject Empiricism.
Science -- Philosophy.
Menselijk lichaam.
Royal Society.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789048136865