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By Robert Boyle

Released in 1686, this paintings attacked winning notions of the flora and fauna that depicted "Nature" as a smart, benevolent and useful being. It represents one of many subtlest statements in regards to the matters raised by way of the mechanical philosophy that emerged from the medical Revolution. This quantity provides the 1st glossy version of the entire textual content, including a historic advent, a chronology of Boyle's existence and notes on extra studying.

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The 'Advertisement' discussed in the Introduction was intended to go here, as a catchword at the end of the Preface shows. 102 on Fri Mar 18 04:18:35 GMT 2016. 102 on Fri Mar 18 04:18:35 GMT 2016. org/ Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Natu re Robert Boyle, Edited by Edward B. 1017/CBO9781139166836 Online ISBN: 9781139166836 Hardback ISBN: 9780521561006 Paperback ISBN: 9780521567961 Chapter Section I pp. 007 Cambridge University Press A Free Enquiry Into the Received NOTION OF NATURE SECTION I I know not whether or not it be a prerogative in the human soul, that, as it is itself a true and positive being, so it is apt to conceive all other things as true and positive beings also.

The cure'. 102 on Fri Mar 18 04:18:38 GMT 2016. 008 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature 'nature' a semi-deity or other strange kind of being such as this discourse examines the notion of. And besides these more absolute acceptions (if I may so call them) of the word 'nature', it has divers others (more relative), as nature is wont to be set in opposition or contradistinction to other things, as when we say of a stone when it falls downwards that it does it by a natural motion, but that if it be thrown upwards, its motion that way is violent.

007 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature formerly proposed against my present attempt, that, not to tire your patience, I shall in few words dispatch the second - which is, that I venture to contradict the sense of the generality of mankind. To which I answer, that in philosophical inquiries it becomes not a naturalist to be so solicitious what has been, or is believed, as what ought to be so. And I have also elsewhere, on another occasion/ showed how little the sense of the generality of men ought to sway us in some questions.

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