Science and the Shape of Orthodoxy: Intellectual Change in Late Seventeenth-century Britain

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The rise of the new, experimental science coexisted with other intellectual traditions which displayed equal vitality, including historical and philological learning, attitudes to magic and the wisdom of antiquity, and anxiety about what contemporaries called `atheism'.The studies in this book illuminate this complex state of affairs by focusing on specific figures and episodes. New light is shed on the career of John Evelyn through the use of his extensive manuscripts, hitherto hardly exploited, and the attitude to astrology of the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, is reconsidered. Other important figures examined include Christopher Wren and Elias Ashmole, occultist and founder of the first public museum in Britain. These studies underlie the new theory of intellectual change in this key period propounded in the introduction.
 

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Contents

Fifteen Essays and a New Theory of Intellectual Change
1
The Founder of the Ashmolean Museum
21
The Debate over Science
101
The Role of the Royal Society of London
120
The Royal Societys Repository and its
135
The Crown the Public and the New Science 16891702
151
The Early Royal Society and the Shape of Knowledge
169
The Royal Society and the Origins of British Archaeology
181
The Origins of the Oxford University Press
201
Ancients Moderns Philologists and Scientists
215
An Early Modern Problem Reconsidered
225
An Unpublished
245
The Witchcraft Controversy and the Nature of FreeThought in
286
the Context and Consequences of Articulate
308
Index
333
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