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    Intermediate Causes and Explanations: The Key to Understanding the Scientific Revolution.Alan Chalmers - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 43 (4):551-562.
    It is instructive to view the scientific revolution from the point of view of Robert Boyle’s distinction between intermediate and ultimate causes. From this point of view, the scientific revolution involved the identification of intermediate causes and their investigation by way of experiment as opposed to the specification of ultimate causes of the kind involved in the corpuscular matter theories of the mechanical philosophers. The merits of this point of view are explored in this paper by focussing on the hydrostatics (...)
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    Boyle and the Origins of Modern Chemistry: Newman Tried in the Fire.Alan F. Chalmers - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (1):1-10.
    William Newman construes the Scientific Revolution as a change in matter theory, from a hylomorphic, Aristotelian to a corpuscular, mechanical one. He sees Robert Boyle as making a major contribution to that change by way of his corpuscular chemistry. In this article it is argued that it is seriously misleading to identify what was scientific about the Scientific Revolution in terms of a change in theories of the ultimate structure of matter. Boyle showed, especially in his pneumatics, how empirically accessible, (...)
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    Boyle on Atheism. Edited by John James MacIntosh: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Guido Giglioni - 2008 - Heythrop Journal 49 (4):689-691.
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    Robert Boyle ; The Philosophy of Robert Boyle. [REVIEW]J. J. MacIntosh - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (1):167-169.
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    Experiment Versus Mechanical Philosophy in the Work of Robert Boyle: A Reply to Anstey and Pyle.Alan Chalmers - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (1):187-193.
    We can distinguish ‘mechanical’ in the strict sense of the mechanical philosophers from ‘mechanical’ in the common sense. My claim is that Boyle's experimental science owed nothing to, and offered no support for, the mechanical philosophy in the strict sense. The attempts by my critics to undermine my case involve their interpreting ‘mechanical’ in something like the common sense. I certainly accept that Boyle's experimental science was productively informed by mechanical analogies, where ‘mechanical’ is interpreted in a common sense. But (...)
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    Boyle on Science and the Mechanical Philosophy: A Reply to Chalmers.Andrew Pyle - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (1):171-186.
    Robert Boyle thought that his scientific achievements in pneumatics and chemistry depended on, and thus provided support for, his mechanical philosophy. In a recent article in this journal, Alan Chalmers has challenged this view. This paper consists of a reply to Chalmers on two fronts. First it tries to specify precisely what ‘the mechanical philosophy’ meant for Boyle. Then it goes on to defend, against Chalmers, the view that Boyle's science does support his natural philosophy.Keywords: Robert Boyle; Mechanical philosophy; Reductionism.
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    A Free Enquiry Into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature. [REVIEW]Robert Boyle - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (4):894-895.
    Michael Hunter has done more than any single person since Thomas Birch to make the study of Robert Boyle convenient and enjoyable, and here, ably assisted by Edward B. Davis, he has put us all further in his debt with a compact and readable edition of the philosophically important Free Enquiry into the Notion of Nature.
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    The Making of Robert Boyle' s fRee Enquiry Into the Vulgarly Receiv'd nOtion of Nature.Michael Hunter & Edward B. Davis - 1996 - Early Science and Medicine 1 (2):204-268.
    This study throws new light on the composition of Boyle's Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Receiv'd Notion of Nature ; it also draws more general conclusions about Boyle's methods as an author and his links with his context. Its basis is a careful study of the extant manuscript drafts for the work, and their relationship with the published editions. Section 2 describes Boyle's characteristic method of composition from the late 1650s onwards, involving the dictation of discrete sections of text to (...)
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    Animals, Morality and Robert Boyle.J. J. MacIntosh - 1996 - Dialogue 35 (3):435-472.
    In early life, the philosopher, theologian and scientist Robert Boyle wrote extensively on moral matters. One of the extant early documents written in Boyle's hand deals with the morality of our treatment of non-human animals. In this piece Boyle offered a number of arguments for extending moral concern to non-human animals. Since the later Boyle routinely vivisected or otherwise killed animals in his scientific experiments, we are left with the biographical questions, did his views change, and if so, why? as (...)
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    Michael Hunter, Ed., "Robert Boyle Reconsidered". [REVIEW]Jane E. Jenkins - 1995 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (3):522.
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    The Lack of Excellency of Boyle's Mechanical Philosophy.Alan Chalmers - 1993 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 24 (4):541-564.
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    John T. Harwood, Ed., "The Early Essays and Ethics of Robert Boyle". [REVIEW]Jan W. Wojcik - 1993 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1):135.
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    Peter Alexander, "Ideas, Qualities and Corpuscles. Locke and Boyle on the External World". [REVIEW]Ezra Talmor - 1988 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (1):152.
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    Robert Boyle and the English Revolution: A Study in Social and Intellectual Change. [REVIEW]Edward Kaplan - 1985 - International Studies in Philosophy 17 (3):111-111.
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    Ideas, Qualities and Corpuscles: Locke and Boyle on the External World.Peter Alexander - 1985 - Cambridge University Press.
    This study presents a substantial and often radical reinterpretation of some of the central themes of Locke's thought. Professor Alexander concentrates on the Essay Concerning Human Understanding and aims to restore that to its proper historical context. In Part I he gives a clear exposition of some of the scientific theories of Robert Boyle, which, he argues, heavily influenced Locke in employing similar concepts and terminology. Against this background, he goes on in Part II to provide an account of Locke's (...)
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    Scientific Revolution Robert Boyle and the English Revolution: A Study in Social and Intellectual Change. By J. R. Jacob. New York: Burt Franklin, 1977. Pp. 240. $18.95. [REVIEW]Marie Hall - 1980 - British Journal for the History of Science 13 (1):76-77.
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    Who Discovered Boyle's Law?Joseph Agassi - 1977 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 8 (3):189.
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    Arrigi Pacchi, "Cartesio in Inghilterra. Da More a Boyle". [REVIEW]Richard S. Westfall - 1975 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 13 (1):103.
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    Samuel Hartlib's Influence on Robert Boyle's Scientific Development Part II. Boyle in Oxford.John J. O'Brien - 1965 - Annals of Science 21 (4):257-276.
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    Sorana Corneanu. Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. Ix+229. $50.00. [REVIEW]Jan-Erik Jones - 2013 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 3 (2):371-374.
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    Book Review: To Justify the Ways of Boyle to Man: The Works of Robert Boyle, Robert Boyle : Scrupulosity and ScienceThe Works of Robert Boyle. Edited by HunterMichael and DavisEdward B. . Pp. Cxxxiv + 324; Xxx + 508; Xxviii + 580; Xxiv + 594; Xlvi + 568; Lx + 558; Xlii + 486; Xlvi + 602; Xlii + 470; Lxii + 600; Lxx + 456; Lxviii + 548; Lxx + 504; Xlviii + 590. £1190/$1950.Robert Boyle : Scrupulosity and Science. HunterMichael . Pp. X + 293. £50/$90. [REVIEW]Roy Porter - 2001 - History of Science 39 (2):241-248.
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    Boyle, Spinoza and Glauber: On the Philosophical Redintegration of Saltpeter A Reply to Antonio Clericuzio.Filip A. A. Buyse - manuscript
    Traditionally, the so-called ‘redintegration experiment’ is at the center of the comments on the supposed Boyle/Spinoza correspondence. A. Clericuzio argued (refuting the interpretation by R.A. & M.B. Hall) in his influential publications that, in De nitro, Boyle accounted for the ‘redintegration’ of saltpeter on the grounds of the chemical properties of corpuscles and did not make any attempt to deduce them from the mechanical principles. By contrast, this paper claims that with his De nitro Boyle wanted to illustrate and promote (...)
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    L’Oeuvre de Boyle Est Arrivé!Peter Anstey - 2001 - Metascience 10 (3):392-400.
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    The Experimentalist as Humanist: Robert Boyle on the History of Philosophy.Dmitri Levitin - 2014 - Annals of Science 71 (2):149-182.
    SummaryHistorians of science have neglected early modern natural philosophers' varied attitudes to the history of philosophy, often preferring to use loose labels such as ‘Epicureanism’ to describe the survival of ancient doctrines. This is methodologically inappropriate: reifying such philosophical movements tells us little about the complex ways in which early modern natural philosophers approached the history of their own discipline. As this article shows, a central figure of early modern natural philosophy, Robert Boyle, invested great intellectual energy into his depiction (...)
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    Reseña de "Mecanicismo y experimento: Un estudio sobre el vínculo entre intervención y representación en un naturalista baconiano" de Severgnini, H. Robert Boyle. [REVIEW]José Luis Cárdenas - 2008 - Ideas Y Valores 57 (137):161-167.
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    Severgnini, H. Robert Boyle: Mecanicismo y experimento: Un estudio sobre el vínculo entre intervención y representación en un naturalista baconiano. [REVIEW]José Luis Cárdenas - 2008 - Ideas Y Valores 57 (137):161-167.
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    Hysteria and Mechanical Man.John P. Wright - 1980 - Journal of the History of Ideas 41 (2):233.
    In this article I contrast 17th and 18th explanations of hysteria including those of Sydenham and Willis with those given by Plato and pre-modern medicine. I show that beginning in the second decade of the 17th century the locus of the disorder was transferred to the nervous system and it was no longer connected with the womb as in Hippocrates and Galen; hysteria became identified with hypochondria, and was a disease contracted by men as well as women. I discuss the (...)
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    Robert Boyle.Peter R. Anstey & J. J. Macintosh - 2014 - In Edward Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2010 Edition). Stanford University: Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI. pp. 1-39.
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    The Boyle Papers: Understanding the Manuscripts of Robert Boyle. [REVIEW]Peter Anstey - 2008 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 99 (1):182-183.
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    The Christian Virtuoso and the Reformers: Are There Reformation Roots to Boyle’s Natural Philosophy?Peter R. Anstey - 2000 - Lucas: An Evangelical History Review 27:1-20.
    The question of the extent to which a natural philosopher like Robert Boyle was influenced by the reformers has a great deal of intrinsic interest. That Boyle was a Protestant and was well versed in the current theological issues of his day is beyond dispute. But the central question to be explored in this paper is the extent to which he was influenced either directly by the reformers themselves or indirectly by Calvinist theology. This in turn has implications for the (...)
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    Natural Philosophy, Deduction, and Geometry in the Hobbes-Boyle Debate.Marcus P. Adams - 2017 - Hobbes Studies 30 (1):83-107.
    This paper examines Hobbes’s criticisms of Robert Boyle’s air-pump experiments in light of Hobbes’s account in _De Corpore_ and _De Homine_ of the relationship of natural philosophy to geometry. I argue that Hobbes’s criticisms rely upon his understanding of what counts as “true physics.” Instead of seeing Hobbes as defending natural philosophy as “a causal enterprise … [that] as such, secured total and irrevocable assent,” 1 I argue that, in his disagreement with Boyle, Hobbes relied upon his understanding of natural (...)
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    Robert A. Davis.Mythologies Of Innocence - 2011 - In Nancy Vansieleghem & David Kennedy (eds.), Philosophy for Children in Transition: Problems and Prospects. Wiley. pp. 210.
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    A Mechanical Microcosm.Bodily Passions & Good Manners - 1998 - In Christopher Lawrence & Steven Shapin (eds.), Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge. University of Chicago Press. pp. 51.
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    Michael Hunter (Éd.), Robert Boyle Reconsidered (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994).Allen G. Debus - 1996 - Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 49 (2-3):356-357.
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    Michael D. Breed Robert Buchwald.Robert Buchwald - 2009 - In Juergen Gadau & Jennifer Fewell (eds.), Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity. Harvard. pp. 173.
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    Response to Robert Palter.Martin Bernal - 1994 - History of Science 32 (4):445-468.
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    Remembering Robert Seydel.Lauren Haaftern-Schick & Sura Levine - 2011 - Continent 1 (2):141-144.
    continent. 1.2 (2011): 141-144. This January, while preparing a new course, Robert Seydel was struck and killed by an unexpected heart attack. He was a critically under-appreciated artist and one of the most beloved and admired professors at Hampshire College. At the time of his passing, Seydel was on the brink of a major artistic and career milestone. His Book of Ruth was being prepared for publication by Siglio Press. His publisher describes the book as: “an alchemical assemblage that composes (...)
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    Alchemists or Ecologist? Some Remarks on the Philosophy of Alchemical Transmutation.Costica Bradatan - 2005 - Acta Philosophica 14 (2):261-274.
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    The Mechanical Bride.Laurence J. McGinley - 1952 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 27 (1):142-143.
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    The Mechanical Explanation of Religion.Bernard Muscio - 1918 - The Monist 28 (1):123-135.
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    An Examination of Robert Boyle's Conception of Physical Causes.Neocles P. Serafimidis - 2004 - Dissertation, University of Washington
    In this dissertation I examine Robert Boyle's conception of physical causation and argue that Boyle holds a causal realist view that grounds what I call a moderate mechanism. I begin with a brief survey of the causal theories of three competing philosophical movements during Boyle's time, Aristotelianism, Renaissance naturalism, and mechanism. I then consider the question of the role of divine power in causal relations among created things. Views of God's role in physical causation include occasionalism, concurrentism, and deism. I (...)
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    Os Limites Do Projeto Epistemológico de Robert Boyle: As Verdades Acima da Razão.Luciana Zaterka - 2002 - Cadernos de História E Filosofia da Ciência 12 (1/2).
    Em 1640, quando Robert Boyle tinha 13 anos de idade, ele passou por uma singular experiência religiosa que marcou toda a sua vida e propiciou a sua conversão. A partir dessa época, Boyle conduzirá sua vida no seio da prática cristã. Essa profunda religiosidade, piedade e humildade do pensador irá refletir em toda a sua obra. Dentro desta perspectiva, pretendemos analisar a influência dessa religiosidade e da teologia no seu empreendimento epistemológico. Aqui veremos que seu interesse pela filosofia natural tinha (...)
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    Robert Boyle E a Química ExperimentalO Ensaio Do Nitro: Alguns Aspectos Relacionados À Polêmica Com Espinosa.Luciana Zaterka - 2001 - Cadernos de História E Filosofia da Ciência 11 (1).
    Com o objetivo de investigar alguns aspectos da polêmica entre Robert Boyle e Bento Espinosa, pretendemos analisar um pequeno tratado de físico-química escrito por Boyle em 1660: A physico-chymical essay containing an experiment with some considerations touching the differing parts and redintegration of salt-pete, ou simplesmente, “O Ensaio do Nitro”. Neste texto, Boyle mostra como o salitre pode ser decomposto pelo fogo em nitro volátil e nitro fixo e, ainda, como essas partes podem se recombinar para formar novamente a substância (...)
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    The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest.Lawrence Michael Principe - 1996 - Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
    This dissertation deals with the alchemical activities of the English natural philosopher Robert Boyle . ;The study begins by setting down a consistent and defensible terminology for discussing a period during which time the words alchemy and chemistry were synonymous. A review of the three centuries of secondary literature on Boyle then reveals how his image has been successively reformed and tailored to fit prevailing apologetic or historiographic programmes, almost always with the effect of modernizing him and his interests and (...)
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    Robert Boyle and the Science of Language.Maurizio Gotti - 1996
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    The Notion of Nature in the Corpuscular Philosophy of Robert Boyle.Margaret Ellen Crowley - 1970 - Dissertation, Marquette University
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    An Explanation of a Mechanical Philosophy.John James Van Nostrand - 1901
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    Boyle on Fire the Mechanical Revolution in Scientific Explanation.William R. Eaton - 2005
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    Divulging of Useful Truths in Physick the Medical Agenda of Robert Boyle.Barbara Beigun Kaplan - 1993
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    Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason: A Study in the Relationship Between Science and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England.Jan W. Wojcik - 1992 - Dissertation, University of Kentucky
    When Robert Boyle returned from his studies abroad in 1644, he found an England splintered into religious sects, each claiming to have attained a uniquely true understanding of the Christian religion. While trying to formulate an appropriate response to these various claims to truth, Boyle first expressed his views on the limits of human understanding. ;The members of one of these sects, the Socinians, claimed, specifically, that human reason is the criterion against which alternative and conflicting interpretations of disputed scriptural (...)
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