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This study of Gassendi's philosophy and science puts forth the view that his atomism follows from his empiricism: as an outgrowth of our best theory of knowledge and sound scientific method, we get evidence that warrents the micorphysical theory.
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Titel: Pierre Gassendi's Philosophy and Science: Atomism for Empiricists
Autor/en: Saul Fisher

ISBN: 9004119965
EAN: 9789004119963
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
BRILL ACADEMIC PUB

November 2005 - gebunden - 436 Seiten

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This study of Gassendi's philosophy and science puts forth the view that his atomism follows from his empiricism: as an outgrowth of our best theory of knowledge and sound scientific method, we get evidence that warrents the micorphysical theory.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface Notice to the Reader Foreword: A New, Integrated Picture of Gassendi Introduction: Basses-Alpes Priest, Provencal Scientist, and Parisian Philosopher PART
I. A CONSTRUCTIVE SKEPTICIST THEORY OF EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE
1. The Skeptical Challenge, an Empiricist Response, and a Physicalist Theory of Perceptual Belief
2. The Theory of Signs: Cautious License for Truth-Like Empirical Belief
3. Empiricist Epistemic Warrant, and Probabilist and Anti-Essentialist Consequences PART
II. SCIENTIFIC METHOD: THE REGRESSUS DEMONSTRATIVUS AND HYPOTHETICAL REASONING
4. Methodological Pursuits: The Regressus Recast, Induction, and Probability
5. The Institutio Method in Practice: Gassendi's Report of the Pascalian Experiment
6. A Method of Hypotheses and Hypothetical Reasoning PART
III. THE ATOMIST HYPOTHESIS
7. Smallest Particles: From Ancient Atomist and Minima Theories to Minima Naturae and Physical Corpuscularianism
8. The Mechanical Philosophy
9. Ultimate Particles and Essential Features
10. Atomic Motion, Causal Role, and Internal Impetus
11. Explanatory Uses of the Atomist Hypothesis
12. Atomism, the Mechanical Philosophy, and Empirical Viability PART
IV. ATOMISM AS HYPOTHESIS AND AS EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE
13. Atomism and Scientific Method
14. Is There a Circle in Gassendi's Reasoning? Bibliography General Index

Portrait

Saul Fisher Ph.D. (1997) in Philosophy, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, is Director of Fellowship Programs at the American Council of Learned Societies. His work on early modern philosophy and science focuses on hypotheses, explanation, the mechanical philosophy, and biological thought.

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