By Vlad Alexandrescu
As Francis Bacon positioned it at the frontispiece of his Novum Organum, grafting an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient on a examine application, multi pertransibunt et multiplex erit scientia. the advance of technological know-how turns into progressively linked to the tip of earthly existence, a topic that may resound deeply in Western idea up till Goethe s Faust. What grounds then the multiplicity of data? what's the universal trunk out of which all nation-states of data spread, just like the burgeoning branches of the prestigious tree? After the Augustinian imprint of the 1st Christian centuries and after the admirable attempt of the excessive scholastics Aristotelian and Christian synthesis, the 17th century undertakes new medical paintings with the necessity of a brand new regular floor. the entire significant names of the trendy period, Francis Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Robert Boyle, Spinoza or Leibniz, came across themselves engaged within the look for a typical trunk of knowledge, every one of them nourishing the intimate conviction that they possessed the philosophical center which might fulfill the discovered males s newly came upon urge for food for indefinitely extending wisdom. In doing this, all of those masters had to confront the philosophical culture that they obtained, transforming and merging jointly the previous constructions of technology via this epistemological prism of the hunt for the cohesion of information. (Vlad Alexandrescu) CONTENTS Vlad Alexandrescu: Foreword I. Faces of data Nathan Smith: Mathesis, arithmetic and approach in Descartes s Regulae: A Reprise Elodie Cassan: Théorie de l. a. technology et body chez Descartes Vlad Alexandrescu: The double query of the individuation of actual our bodies in Descartes Roger Ariew: Descartes and Leibniz at the precept of Individuation Lucian Petrescu: Descartes and the interior Senses. On reminiscence and remembrance Stephen Gaukroger: The team spirit of information: traditional philosophical foundations of Spinoza s politico-theology Daniel Garber: Leibniz, Theology and the Mechanical Philosophy Sorana Corneanu: Locke at the learn of Nature II. Mapping wisdom and Traditions Massimiliano Savini: los angeles Panacea Philosophica de Johann Heinrich Alsted: un projet architectonique d accès au savoir Dana Jalobeanu: The fascination of Solomon s condominium in 17th century England: Baconianism revisited Giulia Belgioioso: «Toute hyperbole have a tendency là, de nous amener à los angeles vérité par l excès de los angeles vérité, c est-à-dire par los angeles mensonge»: les parcours hyperboliques qui amènent à l. a. vérité de Balzac à Descartes Igor Agostini: Caterus on God as ens a se Justin E.H. Smith: Descartes and Henry extra on residing our bodies Mihnea Dobre: The medical Journals of the Seventeenth-Century: Cartesianism in magazine des Sçavans and Philosophical Transactions, 1665-1670 Eric Lewis: Sir Kenelm Digby and the Weapon Salve in 17th Century England Brandon glance: Leibniz and Locke on genuine and Nominal Essences
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Une comparaison étant instructive en physique pour autant qu’elle relie des éléments homogènes3, il s’agit ici de déter miner la grandeur respective de chacun des corps célestes en com parant les distances qui les séparent les uns des autres. 4 Enfin, il établit que la différence entre les pla nètes, au nombre desquelles est la Terre, et les étoiles fixes, desquelles relève le Soleil, tient dans le rapport de chacun de ces corps à la lumière. 5 Principia, III, 5, AT, VIII, p. 82 ; AT, IX, p.
Que Descartes revendique un héritage baconien dans le domaine de l’histoire naturelle et des expériences qui la constituent est bien connu. Voir notamment : A. Lalande, « Sur quelques textes de Bacon et de Descartes », Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale, 1911, p. 296-311; G. Milhaud, Descartes savant, Paris, Alcan, 1921, chap. 10, p. L. Marion, Règles utiles et claires pour la direction de l’esprit en la recherche de la vérité, Martinus Nijhoff, 1977, p. 132 ; Daniel Garber, « Experiment, Community, and the Constitution of Nature in the Seventeenth Century », Descartes embodied, Cambridge University Press, 2001, p.
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