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[In this chapter, I briefly introduce the figure of Burchard de Volder (1643–1705) in his historical significance, as well as the state of the art of the studies on him. Moreover, I consider how my study relates to the current historiography of philosophy and science, and I provide a summary of...
[In this chapter I reconstruct De Volder’s education and intellectual career at Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden, by taking into account the biographical elements extant on him – including those on his family, which are important as they offer insights into his Menonnite background, and by extent...
[In this chapter I focus on De Volder’s ideas on metaphysics, namely, on De Volder’s alleged Spinozism, as well as on his ideas on certainty and on the method of natural philosophy. The two points are deeply interconnected as De Volder’s dealing with the theory of knowledge and with the function...
[In this chapter I consider De Volder’s treatment of the idea of material substance and of the problem of its source of activity, i.e. of the cause and laws of motion. These issues dominated not only his correspondence with Leibniz, but also his natural-philosophical disputations and handwritten...
[In this chapter I focus on De Volder’s treatment of hydrostatics, i.e. the core of his teaching activities at Leiden experimental theatre. The chapter is devoted to discussion of De Volder’s attempt to combine two main models in hydrostatics. First, the Cartesian – which Descartes expounded...
[In this chapter I consider De Volder’s approach to cosmology, which probably led him to relinquish Cartesianism around 1700. I argue that the appearance of Newton’s Principia – containing a striking criticism of Descartes’s vortex theory of planetary motion – and the failure of Huygens to...
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