Perspectives on Science 8 (3):201-222 (2000)
Within twenty years of one another, Bacon and Descartes proposed cosmologies which relied heavily on matter theory. In both, the distribution of matter in the cosmos determined what centers of rotation there were, and rotating bodies were carried around by the motion of an all-encompassing celestial fluid in which they were embedded. But the role of matter theory in the two accounts is very different, both in motivation and in the level at which it is active in guiding physical theory. Matter theory in Baconian cosmology stands as a foundational discipline, being virtually constitutive of physical theory, as it had been for natural philosophers from Thales onwards, whereas in Descartes it is subservient to the needs of his optics and his mechanics. Comparison of the two cases shows how the role of matter theory came to be radically modified in seventeenth-century cosmology.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Descartes' Debt to Beeckman: Inspiration, Cooperation, Conflict.Klass van Berkel - 2000 - In John Schuster, Stephen Gaukroger & John Sutton (eds.), Descartes' Natural Philosophy. Routledge.
Theologia Cartesiana l'Explication Physique de l'Eucharistie Chez Descartes Et Dom Desgabets.Jean Robert Armogathe - 1977 - M. Nijhoff.
Atomism and 'Subtlety' in Francis Bacon's Philosophy.Graham Rees - 1980 - Annals of Science 37 (5):549-571.
Citations of this work BETA
The Hydrostatic Paradox and the Origins of Cartesian Dynamics.S. Gaukroger & J. Schuster - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (3):535-572.
Similar books and articles
A Bio-Physical Basis of Mathematics in Synaptic Function of the Nervous System: A Theory.John Dempsher - 1980 - Acta Biotheoretica 29 (3-4):119-127.
The Theory of Materia Prima in Marsilio Ficino's Platonic Theology.James G. Snyder - 2008 - Vivarium 46 (2):192-221.
The Medieval Astrologization of Aristotle's Biology: Averroes on the Role of the Celestial Bodies in the Generation of Animate Beings.Gad Freudenthal - 2002 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 12 (1):111-137.
Cartesian Primary Qualities in Light of Some Contemporary Physical Explanations.Mladen Domazet - 2008 - Prolegomena 7 (1):21-35.
Stakeholder Theory and Public Policy: How Governments Matter. [REVIEW]Rogene A. Buchholz & Sandra B. Rosenthal - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 51 (2):143-153.
Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period.Kurt Smith - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
Implications of Bohmian Quantum Ontology for Psychopathology.Paavo Pylkkänen - 2010 - Neuroquantology 8 (1):37-48.
Geometrization Versus Transcendent Matter: A Systematic Historiography of Theories of Matter Following Weyl.N. Sieroka - 2010 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61 (4):769-802.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads14 ( #336,698 of 2,177,988 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #317,698 of 2,177,988 )
How can I increase my downloads?