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Descartes-AgonistesLe Monde as a System of Natural Philosophy and Gambit in the Field

Descartes-Agonistes: Le Monde as a System of Natural Philosophy and Gambit in the Field [This chapter concludes the detailed analysis of Le Monde, begun in the previous two chapters. It has three main goals: Firstly, Le Monde is examined as a competitive bid for supremacy in the natural philosophical field. This is done by viewing it in relation to key natural philosophical aspirations and strategies of similar contemporary actors, such as Kepler, who, like Descartes, were attempting to displace Aristotelianism, install some version of realist Copernicanism, and create alternative hegemonic natural philosophical syntheses. Secondly, Le Monde is assessed in terms of its strengths and weaknesses as a system of natural philosophy, using the model of natural philosophical systematicity developed in Chap. 2. Finally, examination of the systematicity of Le Monde leads to some striking individual examples of refinements in that regard, as displayed by the Principia philosophiae to come.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Descartes-AgonistesLe Monde as a System of Natural Philosophy and Gambit in the Field

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 27)
Descartes-Agonistes — Aug 14, 2012

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2013
ISBN
978-94-007-4745-6
Pages
525 –541
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4746-3_11
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Abstract

[This chapter concludes the detailed analysis of Le Monde, begun in the previous two chapters. It has three main goals: Firstly, Le Monde is examined as a competitive bid for supremacy in the natural philosophical field. This is done by viewing it in relation to key natural philosophical aspirations and strategies of similar contemporary actors, such as Kepler, who, like Descartes, were attempting to displace Aristotelianism, install some version of realist Copernicanism, and create alternative hegemonic natural philosophical syntheses. Secondly, Le Monde is assessed in terms of its strengths and weaknesses as a system of natural philosophy, using the model of natural philosophical systematicity developed in Chap. 2. Finally, examination of the systematicity of Le Monde leads to some striking individual examples of refinements in that regard, as displayed by the Principia philosophiae to come.]

Published: Aug 14, 2012

Keywords: Classical Static; Central Star; Natural Philosophize; Optical Interface; Visible Disk

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