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Margaret Cavendish: Observations upon Experimental Philosophy

Margaret Cavendish: Observations upon Experimental Philosophy

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  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776752

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  • Margaret Cavendish's Observations upon Experimental Philosophy holds a unique position in early modern philosophy. Cavendish rejects the picture of nature as a grand machine that was propounded by Hobbes and Descartes; she also rejects the alternative views of nature that make reference to immaterial spirits. Instead she develops an original system of organicist materialism, and draws on the doctrines of ancient Stoicism to attack the tenets of seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. Her treatise is a document of major importance in the history of women's contributions to philosophy and science.

    • First edition of this text since its publication in 1668
    • One of the few texts published by a seventeenth-century woman on the topic of natural philosophy
    • Historical and philosophical introduction which places Cavendish's views in their immediate context
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    "Eileen O'Neill's edition of the 1668 edition of this text (the first was printed in 1666) will go a long way to making Cavendish accessible to a modern audience. O'Neill's edition of the Observations is textually impeccable." Isis

    "This is a significant, and welcome addition to scholarship." Philosophy in Review

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    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776752
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 147 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    An argumental discourse
    The table of all the principal subjects
    Observations upon experimental philosophy
    Further observations upon experimental philosophy
    Observations upon the opinions of some ancient philosophers.

  • Author

    Margaret Cavendish

    Editor

    Eileen O'Neill, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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