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Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason

Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason

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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525220

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  • In this study of Robert Boyle's epistemology, Jan W. Wojcik reveals the theological context within which Boyle developed his views on reason's limits. After arguing that a correct interpretation of his views on "things above reason" depends upon reading his works in the context of theological controversies in seventeenth-century England, Professor Wojcik details exactly how Boyle's three specific categories of things that transcended reason--the incomprehensible, the inexplicable, and the unsociable--affected his conception of what a natural philosopher could hope to know. Also detailed is Boyle's belief that God deliberately limited the human intellect in order to reserve a full knowledge of both theology and natural philosophy for the afterlife.

    • A comprehensive account of how Boyle's empiricism was conditioned by his theological beliefs
    • Reveals in detail Boyle's belief in reason's limits in the context of theology and natural philosophy
    • Argues that Boyle's belief that God had deliberately limited human understanding influenced his conception of the proper goals and methods of natural philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525220
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction, Robert Boyle as lay theologian
    Part I:
    1. Things above reason
    2. The threat of Socinianism
    3. Predestination
    4. Theology and the limits of reason
    Part II:
    5. Philosophies of nature and their theological implications
    6. Sources of knowledge
    7. The limits of reason and knowledge of nature
    8. Boyle's voluntarism and the limits of reason

  • Author

    Jan W. Wojcik, Auburn University, Alabama

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