The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 3, 1994 - Science - 662 pages
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In this first book-length historiographical study of the Scientific Revolution, H. Floris Cohen examines the body of work on the intellectual, social, and cultural origins of early modern science. Cohen critically surveys a wide range of scholarship since the nineteenth century, offering new perspectives on how the Scientific Revolution changed forever the way we understand the natural world and our place in it.

Cohen's discussions range from scholarly interpretations of Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, to the question of why the Scientific Revolution took place in seventeenth-century Western Europe, rather than in ancient Greece, China, or the Islamic world. Cohen contends that the emergence of early modern science was essential to the rise of the modern world, in the way it fostered advances in technology.

A valuable entrée to the literature on the Scientific Revolution, this book assesses both a controversial body of scholarship, and contributes to understanding how modern science came into the world.
  

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Contents

Almost a New Nature
3
DEFINING THE NATURE OF THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
21
The Great Tradition
23
22 First Approaches to Understanding the Birth of Early Modern Science
26
William Whewell
29
223 The Positivist Picture of the Birth of Early Modern Science as Exemplified by Ernst Mach
41
224 The Duhem Thesis
47
23 Shaping the Concept of the Scientific Revolution
55
422 Help Needed in Crossing the Threshold
249
423 The Problem of Decline
252
43 Medieval Science and Scientific Revolution
262
44 The Emergence of Early Modern Science from Renaissance Thought
270
442 The Impact of Humanism
273
443 The Reform of Aristotelianism
281
444 Hermeticism and NeoPlatonism
287
445 The Revival of Scepticism
298

Anneliese Maier
58
232 Dijksterhuis and the Mathematization of Nature
61
Koyres Conception of the Scientific Revolution
75
234 Burtt and the Mathematization of Nature
90
24 The Concept Widens
99
242 New Problems and a New Generation
109
The View from England
114
244 Kuhn and the Scientific Revolution
124
Westfalls Conception of the Origins of Early Modern Science
138
Continuity and Break Weighted in the Balance
149
The New Science in a Wider Setting
153
31 The New Science and Its New Method
154
312 From Demonstrative to Tentative Science
157
32 The New Science and Its New Time Frame
159
322 The Reorientation of Science toward an Unknown Future
162
323 When Did Science Become Cumulative?
166
324 From Natural Philosophy to Science
168
33 The New Science and the Old Magic
171
331 The Rosicruciari Conception of Early Modern Science
172
332 Rosicrucians Chemists and Alchemists in 17thcentury Science
176
333 The Elusive Core of the Debate
178
334 The Scientific Revolution and the Disenchantment of the World
179
335 The Debate over the Rationality of Early Modem Science
181
34 The New Science and the Creation of Artificially Produced Nature
185
341 The Nature of Early Modern Experiment
186
342 The Rise of the Scientific Instrument
191
Idea and Reality
193
344 The Subjection of Feminine Nature
197
35 The New Science in Its Social Setting
200
351 The New Values of Science
202
352 Societies and Universities
206
353 Patronage
210
36 The New Science in European History
211
362 The Scientific Revolution and the Dissolution of Feudalism
218
363 The Place of the Scientific Revolution in the History of Western Civilization
225
From an Aura of Selfevidence toward Messy Contingencies
231
THE SEARCH FOR CAUSES OF THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
239
The Emergence of Early Modern Science from Previous Western Though on Nature
241
42 Why Did the Scientific Revolution Not Take Place in Ancient Greece?
243
421 Some Principal Shortcomings of Greek Science
245
45 The Harvest of the Internal Route
305
The Emergence of Early Modern Science from Events in the History of Western Europe
310
511 Hooykaas and the Biblical WorldView
312
512 The Merton Thesis
316
52 The Active Life of Early Modern Europe
323
521 Olschki and Koyre on the Scientists Response to Europes Budding Dynamism
324
Early Modern Science and Capitalism
330
523 Merton on Science and Technology in the 17th Century
335
524 Zilsel and the Social Origins of Early Modern Science
338
525 Hall against External Explanations
344
An Interim Assessment
347
Landes and Koyre
353
528 Hooykaas and the Voyages of Discovery
356
Science Goes from Script to Print
359
53 BenDavid and the Social Legitimation of the New Science
369
54 The Harvest of the External Route
376
The Nonemergence of Early Modern Science outside Western Europe
380
62 The Decay of Islamic Science
386
622 Von Grunebaum and the Preservation of the Muslim Community under the Law
391
623 Sayili and the Failed Reconciliation between Science and Religion
396
624 Saunders and the Effects of Barbarian Destruction
407
625 Some Conclusions and Suggestions
411
63 Joseph Needham as a Pioneer in CrossCultural History of Science
420
64 Contributions of NonWestern Science to the Scientific Revolution
428
65 Why the Scientific Revolution Eluded China
441
652 Needhams Key Questions and How He Has Answered Them
445
653 Further Perspectives Offered by Needhams Critics
468
654 Some Conclusions and Suggestions
476
66 The Harvest of the Comparative Route
485
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS THE BANQUET OF TRUTH
491
The Scientific Revolution Fifty Years in the Life of a Concept
493
72 The Rise and Decline of the Concept of the Scientific Revolution
496
73 Ideas for Future Conceptions of the Scientific Revolution
504
The Structure of the Scientific Revolution
508
82 Sorting Out Possible Causes
519
Notes
529
Bibliography
605
Index
621
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