The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science

Dover Publications (1954)
To the medieval thinker, man was the center of creation and all of nature existed purely for his benefit. The shift from the philosophy of the Middle Ages to the modern view of humanity's less central place in the universe ranks as the greatest revolution in the history of Western thought, and this classic in the philosophy of science describes and analyzes how the profound change occurred. A fascinating analysis of the works of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Gilbert, Boyle, and Newton, it not only establishes the reasons for the triumph of the modern perspective but also accounts for certain limitations that characterize contemporary scientific thought.
Keywords Physical sciences History  Metaphysics History
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Call number B67.B8 2003
ISBN(s) 0486425517   9780486425511  
DOI 10.2307/2015130
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