natural philosophy

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the science of matter and energy and their interactions


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This book emerges from Peter Anstey's collaboration with Lawrence Principe in editing Locke's writings on natural philosophy and medicine for the Clarendon edition of Locke's Works.
The remainder of Collapse explores the transformation of natural philosophy, and the broader intellectual culture, in the wake of Newton's triumph over Descartes.
She asserts the "strong effect on Renaissance natural philosophy" (178) of Pico's positive and negative attitudes towards magic and astrology in the Disputation against Divinatory Astrology: his integration of Kabbalah into the study of nature and the influence of his criticism of astrology on the later study of astronomy.
Allison Kavey's subject, in Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600, is not the better-known and more often cited works such as that of Alexis, evidently written for middle and upper class readers, but rather, the printing and dissemination of these smaller, cheaper, and presumably more popular chapbook-sized books of secrets.
Areas of natural philosophy not satisfied by mater and motion explanation, such as chemistry, life sciences, and medicine, were among the first to develop an Enlightenment Vitalist interpretation.
In the realm of natural philosophy, the rise of voluntaristic conceptions of God along with a trend towards occasionalist understandings of causation gave rise to the notion of divinely ordained, externally imposed laws of nature.
Keywords: Ibn Sina-al-Biruni correspondence; Peripatetic natural philosophy; Islamic scientific tradition; history of physics; criticism of Aristotelian physics; natural elements; schools of thought in Islamic scientific tradition.
Yet, beneath the apparent conflict between Greek natural philosophy (science) and religion, it was almost always the case that the philosophers supported one set of religious commitments against another.
The second contextual element was the distinctive European university, largely independent by virtue of its recognition as an entity by both church and state and with an undergraduate curriculum centered on natural philosophy and those arts most heavily focused on science.
The enunciation of an exclusive esprit de corps was central to Bishop Sprat's History of the Royal Society (1667) and other propaganda works designed to convince the world that the Society (and hence natural philosophy) was polite, while disparaging other sources of opinion (the "vulgar," pedants, and so forth).
His Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), commonly known as the Principia, may well be the most important document in the history of science.
The natural philosophy of Marxism (see Karl Marx ), formulated chiefly by Friedrich Engels.
They cover from natural philosophy to theology, anatomy, and metaphysics: Steno and Cartesianism, the natural history of the Earth, and Steno at the Medici court.
The work itself is at times very demanding on the reader not only because of Themistius's style, but also on account of the inherent difficulty of natural philosophy. It is often helpful to go back to Aristotle's Physics which, in spite of being more succinct, is frequently clearer than the Themistian paraphrase.
"No issue was more central to the dissemination of natural philosophy as a mode of inquiry," write Juliet Cummins and David Burchell in their introduction, "than the relationship between words and things" (1).