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Natural philosophy : on retrieving a lost disciplinary imaginary

Alister E. McGrath (Author)
This book argues for the retrieval of the concept of 'natural philosophy', encompassing the natural sciences, philosophy, and theology, amongst others. It identifies the essential characteristics of natural philosophy from its Aristotelian roots onwards, and then makes a creative proposal on how we might reincorporate it into our current worldview
eBook, English, 2023
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Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2023
1 online resource (viii, 248 pages)
9780192689634, 9780191956485, 9780192689627, 0192689630, 0191956481, 0192689622
Introduction : on retrieving natural philosophy
Part I : A critical conversation with the tradition
1 The origins of natural philosophy : Aristotle
2 The consolidation of natural philosophy : the middle ages
3 Skywatching : the natural philosophy of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo
4 English natural philosophy : Bacon, Boyle, and Newton
5 The parting of the ways : from natural philosophy to natural science
Part II : A reconceived natural philosophy : exploring a disciplinary imaginary