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Boyle on fire [electronic resource] : the mechanical revolution in scientific explanation / William R. Eaton.

By: Eaton, William R.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Continuum studies in British philosophy: Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, c2005Description: 1 online resource (viii, 205 p.).ISBN: 9781847144379 (electronic bk.); 1847144373 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Mechanics -- History | Mechanism (Philosophy) | Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691 -- Influence | Boyle, Robert | Mechanics | SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- General | SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- Solids | Verklaring | Wetenschapsdynamica | Vuur | Verbranding | NatuurfilosofieGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Boyle on fire.DDC classification: 531/.09 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; 1 Boyle and the Philosophy of Science; 2 On the Intelligibility of Mechanical Explanations; 3 Boyle's Attack on Elemental Interpretations of Fire Analysis; 4 Boyle's Mechanical Theory of Heat and Fire; 5 Boyle's Mechanical Epistemology; 6 The Contrivance of Parts; 7 Mechanical Explanation in Contemporary Science; Conclusion; Robert Boyle chronology; Glossary of technical terms; Bibliography; Index.
Summary: The philosophy of Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is a hot topic in early modern philosophy. Boyle was at the centre of the scientific community of 17th-century England, and an accurate view of the Enlightenment scientific revolution is impossible without recognition of the contributions that he made. Work on Boyle's philosophy is also shedding light on contemporary issues in the philosophy of science - it can help us understand the nature of scientific explanation and the role that the mechanical model of explanation plays in present-day science. Boyle's mechanical philosophy ushered in a new explan.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [198]-203) and index.

Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; 1 Boyle and the Philosophy of Science; 2 On the Intelligibility of Mechanical Explanations; 3 Boyle's Attack on Elemental Interpretations of Fire Analysis; 4 Boyle's Mechanical Theory of Heat and Fire; 5 Boyle's Mechanical Epistemology; 6 The Contrivance of Parts; 7 Mechanical Explanation in Contemporary Science; Conclusion; Robert Boyle chronology; Glossary of technical terms; Bibliography; Index.

The philosophy of Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is a hot topic in early modern philosophy. Boyle was at the centre of the scientific community of 17th-century England, and an accurate view of the Enlightenment scientific revolution is impossible without recognition of the contributions that he made. Work on Boyle's philosophy is also shedding light on contemporary issues in the philosophy of science - it can help us understand the nature of scientific explanation and the role that the mechanical model of explanation plays in present-day science. Boyle's mechanical philosophy ushered in a new explan.

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