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The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760

Stephen Gaukroger


Understanding the emergence of a scientific culture—one in which cognitive values generally are modelled on, or subordinated to, scientific ones—is one of the foremost historical and philosophical problems with which we are now confronted in understanding our own culture. The significance of the emergence of such scientific values lies above all in their ability to provide the criteria by which we come to appraise cognitive enquiry, which shapes our understanding of what it can achieve. The period between the 1680s and the middle of the eighteenth century is a very distinctive one in this deve ... More

Keywords: scientific values, cognitive values, Enlightenment science, Enlightenment philosophy, reason, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Gaukroger, author
University of Sydney
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