Gassendi the Atomist: Advocate of History in an Age of Science (Ideas in Context)

Gassendi the Atomist: Advocate of History in an Age of Science (Ideas in Context)

Lynn Sumida Joy


students within the early 17th century who studied historic Greek medical theories usually drew upon philology and historical past to reconstruct a extra basic photo of the Greek prior. Gassendi's education as a humanist historiographer enabled him to formulate a perception of the background of philosophy during which the rationality of clinical and philosophical inquiry relied on the ancient justifications which he constructed for his ideals. Professor pleasure examines this notion and analyzes the character of Gassendi's historic education, specially its courting to his occupation as a physicist and astronomer. She indicates how he rehabilitated Epicurean atomism by means of bringing jointly the arguments of the Greek atomists and people of his contemporaries. In doing so, he produced an account of the flora and fauna which made it an item of empirical learn and mechanical rationalization.

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