PHIL 464 - The Scientific Revolution
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
One course in History or Philosophy comleted with a minimum grade of C- or better.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 388 or 389.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course deals with a pivotal period in the history of philosophy and the history of science: the Scientific Revolution (ca. 1500–1700). This era witnessed the development of sciences such as astronomy, mechanics, and anatomy into something recognizably modern, as well as the general movement of experimental scientific activity from a culturally marginal to a central position. In addition to examining the historical and philosophical significance of these changes, we will consider the influence during this period of “pseudo” or “marginal” sciences (as they later came to be characterized) such as alchemy and astrology, which counted many of the major early modern scientists as their adepts. One goal here is to understand the historical and philosophical relations of such sciences to the more orthodox sciences during this period.

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PHIL 464 - The Scientific Revolution
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521636469
Descartes: "The World" and other writings, Author: Stephen Gaukroger (editor, University of Sydney, Australia)., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1998
ISBN: 9780872209374
The essential Galileo, Author: Galileo Galilei ; edited and translated by Maurice A. Finocchiaro., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2008
ISBN: 9780872204706
Selected philosophical works, Author: Francis Bacon. Ed. with introduction by Rose-Mary Sargent., Publisher: Hackett Publ. 1999
ISBN: 0521538483
Philosophical writings, Author: Isaac Newton. Ed. by Andrew Janiak., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press Repr. 2004
ISBN: 0872201228
Selected philosophical papers of Robert Boyle, Author: edited with an introduction by M.A. Stewart, Publisher: Hackett Rev. ed.. 1991
ISBN: 0521292956
The construction of modern science : mechanisms and mechanics, Author: Richard S. Westfall., Publisher: Cambridge University Press Repr. 1994
ISBN: 0521293286
Man & nature in the Renaissance., Author: Allen G. Debus., Publisher: CAMBRIDGE U PR Repr 1978
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