Gassendi the Atomist: Advocate of History in an Age of Science

Lynn Sumida Joy

Published by Cambridge Univ Pr, 1987
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Title: Gassendi the Atomist: Advocate of History in...

Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

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Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr Date of Publication: 1987 Binding: hardcover Edition: First Edition Condition: As New Description: Lightly read if read at all. DJ with minor shelf wear. No markings in book. From the DJ flap: Scholars in the early 17th century who studied ancient Greek scientific theories often drew upon philology and history to reconstruct a more general picture of the Greek past. Gassendi's training as a humanist historiographer enabled him to formulate a conception of the history of philosophy in which the rationality of scientific and philosophical inquiry depended on the historical justifications which he developed for his beliefs. Professor Joy examines this conception and analyzes the nature of Gassendi's historical training, especially its relationship to his career as a physicist and astronomer. She shows how he rehabilitated Epicurean atomism by bringing together the arguments of the Greek atomists and those of his contemporaries. In doing so, he p. Bookseller Inventory # 3006530

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