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By Robert Boyle

ISBN-10: 0521567963

ISBN-13: 9780521567961

Released in 1686, this paintings attacked winning notions of the wildlife that depicted "Nature" as a sensible, benevolent and practical being. It represents one of many subtlest statements about the matters raised by way of the mechanical philosophy that emerged from the medical Revolution. This quantity offers the 1st glossy version of the whole textual content, including a old creation, a chronology of Boyle's existence and notes on additional analyzing.

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Sometimes we take nature for an internal principle of motion, as when we say that a stone let fall in the air is by nature carried towards the centre of the earth and, on the contrary, that fire or flame does naturally move upwards towards heaven. Sometimes we understand by nature the established course of things, as when we say that nature makes the night succeed the day; nature has made respiration necessary to the life of men. e. in the world. And sometimes too, and that most commonly, we would express by the word b See Book XII of Aristotle's Metaphysics.

557-67. On the neo-Aristotelian cosmologies of the 1670s which caused Boyle concern, see Alan Cromartie, Sir Matthew Hale i6og-j6: Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1995); John Henry, 'Medicine and Pneumatology: Henry More, Richard Baxter and Francis Glisson's Treatise on the Energetic Nature of Substance\ Medical History, 31 (1987), 15-40; and Guido Giglioni, 'The "Hylozoic" Foundations of Francis Glisson's Anatomical Research', in O. P. ), Religio Medici: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-century England (Aldershot, Scolar Press, forthcoming).

E. in the world. And sometimes too, and that most commonly, we would express by the word b See Book XII of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Lat. lacks 'or t h a t . . the cure'. 102 on Fri Mar 18 04:18:38 GMT 2016. 008 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature 'nature' a semi-deity or other strange kind of being such as this discourse examines the notion of. And besides these more absolute acceptions (if I may so call them) of the word 'nature', it has divers others (more relative), as nature is wont to be set in opposition or contradistinction to other things, as when we say of a stone when it falls downwards that it does it by a natural motion, but that if it be thrown upwards, its motion that way is violent.

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