The Boyle Papers

The Boyle Papers

Elements of the Boyle archive as it exists today are already recognisable in various inventories that survive of Boyle's papers in his later years. Most of these are now to be found in BP 36 and, from them, quite a vivid sense can be ...

Author: Michael Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351893718

Category: History

Page: 688

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Robert Boyle (1627-91) was the most influential British scientist of the late seventeenth century. His huge archive, which has been at the Royal Society since 1769, has only recently been explored, leading to a new understanding of many aspects of Boyle's thought. This volume brings together the essential materials for understanding the Boyle Papers. It includes a revised version of Michael Hunter's fundamental study of the archive, first published in 1992, which elucidates its history and the way in which handwriting evidence can be used to identify chronological strata within it, thus making it possible to trace the development of Boyle's ideas. Other chapters deal with such components of the Papers as Boyle's 'workdiaries' and his projected Paralipomena; another uses material from the archive to illuminate the making of a key work by Boyle, his Free Inquiry into the Vulgarly Receiv'd Notion of Nature; while another illustrates that, large as the archive is, it is only a part of what existed in Boyle's lifetime. Parts of the content have been published before, but they are here presented in revised and fully indexed form. Lastly, the volume includes a completely revised version of the catalogue of the Boyle Papers, Letters and ancillary manuscripts originally published in 1992, updating it by tabulating the extensive use of the archive made in recent years in connection with the publication of the definitive editions of Boyle's Works and Correspondence (1999-2001). In all, the volume will be indispensable to anyone with a serious interest in Boyle.
Categories: History

Selected Philosophical Papers of Robert Boyle

Selected Philosophical Papers of Robert Boyle

XXXV of the Boyle Papers . Two other versions of the same notes ( one in lamentable verse ) are reproduced in M. B. Hall , Robert Boyle on Natural Philosophy , pp . 134–5 . Of the Imperfection of the Chemists ' Doctrine of Qualities ...

Author: Robert Boyle

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 0872201228

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

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"The availability of a paperback version of Boyle's philosophical writings selected by M. A. Stewart will be a real service to teachers, students, and scholars with seventeenth-century interests. The editor has shown excellent judgment in bringing together many of the most important works and printing them, for the most part, in unabridged form. The texts have been edited responsibly with emphasis on readability. . . . Of special interest in connection with Locke and with the reception of Descarte's Corpuscularianism, to students of the Scientific Revolution and of the history of mechanical philosophy, and to those interested in the relations among science, philosophy, and religion. In fact, given the imperfections in and unavailability of the eighteenth-century editions of Boyle's works, this collection will benefit a wide variety of seventeenth-century scholars." --Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania
Categories: Philosophy

The Correspondence of Robert Boyle 1636 1691

The Correspondence of Robert Boyle  1636 1691

Their presence in the Boyle Letters as against the Boyle Papers is in many cases due simply to the zeal of Wotton, Miles and their Victorian successors in creating a category of letters separate from Boyle's other literary remains, ...

Author: Lawrence M Principe

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000531213

Category: Philosophy

Page: 3368

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Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was one of the most influential scientific and theological thinkers of his time. This is the first edition of his correspondence, transcribed from the original manuscripts. It is fully annotated, with an introduction and general index and is a set of 6 volumes covering the period of 1636 to 1691
Categories: Philosophy

The Correspondence of Robert Boyle 1636 1691 Vol 1

The Correspondence of Robert Boyle  1636 1691 Vol 1

Their presence in the Boyle Letters as against the Boyle Papers is in many cases due simply to the zeal of Wotton, Miles and their Victorian successors in creating a category of letters separate from Boyle's other literary remains, ...

Author: Michael Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000521849

Category: Philosophy

Page: 3368

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Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was one of the most influential scientific and theological thinkers of his time. This is the first edition of his correspondence, transcribed from the original manuscripts. It is fully annotated, with an introduction and general index. The four volumes cover the time periods of Volume 1: 1936-91, Volume 2: 1662-5, Volume 3: 1666-7 and finally Volume 4 1668 to 77.
Categories: Philosophy

Robert Boyle Reconsidered

Robert Boyle Reconsidered

critical view of orthodox medical practice expressed in parts of his Usefulness of Natural Philosophy ; synopses of this work survive among the Boyle Papers , together with one section of its text.26 Though Boyle clearly tried to be ...

Author: Michael Hunter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521892678

Category: Science

Page: 256

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This book presents a new view of Robert Boyle (1627-91), the leading British scientist in the generation before Newton. It comprises a series of essays by scholars from Europe and North America that scrutinize Boyle's writing on science, philosophy and theology, bringing out the subtlety and complexity of his ideas. Particular attention is given to Boyle's interest in alchemy and to other facets of his ideas that might initially seem surprising in a leading advocate of the mechanical philosophy. Many of the essays use material from among Boyle's extensive manuscripts, which have recently been catalogued for the first time. The introduction surveys the state of Boyle studies and deploys the findings of the essays to offer a reevaluation of Boyle. The book also includes a complete bibliography of writings on Boyle since 1940.
Categories: Science

Robert Boyle 1627 91

Robert Boyle  1627 91

6 Mapping the Mind of Robert Boyle : the Evidence of the Boyle Papers THE BOYLE Papers and Letters , which have been at the Royal Society since 1769 , are as substantial a body of material as any dealt with in this volume .

Author: Michael Hunter

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 085115798X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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A re-evaluation of Boyle in the light of new evidence of his tortured religious life and his difficult relations with his contemporaries.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

John Birchensha Writings on Music

John Birchensha  Writings on Music

Boyle's letters and papers belonging to the royal Society have been published in microfilm by university Publications of America ... Letters and Papers of Robert Boyle: A Guide to the Manuscripts and Microfilm (Bethesda, Md, 1992).

Author: Benjamin Wardhaugh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351561587

Category: Music

Page: 342

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John Birchensha (c.1605-?1681) is chiefly remembered for the impression that his theories about music made on the mathematicians, natural philosophers and virtuosi of the Royal Society in the 1660s and 1670s, and for inventing a system that he claimed would enable even those without practical experience of music to learn to compose in a short time by means of 'a few easy, certain, and perfect Rules'-his most famous composition pupil being Samuel Pepys in 1662. His great aim was to publish a treatise on music in its philosophical, mathematical and practical aspects (which would have included a definitive summary of his rules of composition), entitled Syntagma music Subscriptions for this book were invited in 1672-3, and it was due to be published by March 1675; but it never appeared, and no final manuscript of it survives. Consequently knowledge about his work has hitherto remained extremely sketchy. Recent research, however, has brought to light a number of manuscripts which allow us at last to form a more complete view of Birchensha's ideas. Almost none of this material has been previously published. The new items include an autograph treatise of c.1664 ('A Compendious Discourse of the Principles of the Practicall & Mathematicall Partes of Musick') which Birchensha presented to the natural philosopher Robert Boyle, and which covers concisely much of the ground that he intended to cover in Syntagma musica detailed synopsis for Syntagma musichich he prepared for a meeting of the Royal Society in February 1676; and an autograph notebook (now in Brussels) containing his six rules of composition with music examples, presumably written for a pupil. Bringing all this material together in a single volume will allow scholars to see how Birchensha's rules and theories developed over a period of fifteen years, and to gain at least a flavour of the lost Syntagma music
Categories: Music

The Philosophy of Robert Boyle

The Philosophy of Robert Boyle

The Boyle Papers contain a number of commonplace books and are replete with miscellaneous folios on a plethora of subjects, many of which were reworked and some of which were drawn upon for works that were ultimately published.

Author: Peter R. Anstey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134592029

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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First Published in 2004. This book presents the first integrated treatment of the mechanical or corpuscular philosophy of Robert Boyle, one of the leading English natural philosophers of the Scientific Revolution. It focuses on the concepts central to Boyle’s philosophy, including the theory of matter and its qualities, causation, laws of nature, motion and the incorporeal. The book is divided into two parts—the first examining the manner in which Boyle distinguished between various types of qualities, his view on the perception of these qualities and the ontological status of the sensible qualities. The second part examines Boyle’s mechanism in general. Through detailed examination of Boyle’s conceptions of motion, laws and space, it is argued that Boyle upholds a unique view of the causal interaction of natural bodies.
Categories: Philosophy

The Bloomsbury Companion to Robert Boyle

The Bloomsbury Companion to Robert Boyle

Here I will draw out Hunter's reference to 'certain clues' which suggest that the 'chaos' which subsequent commentators have seen in Boyle's papers 'may have been more apparent than real, and that in fact the archive had an ordering ...

Author: Jan-Erik Jones

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350029378

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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Robert Boyle, well known in scientific circles, has still not received the credit he deserves in philosophy. A leader in experimental philosophy, his interests range from morality and philosophy of religion to epistemology and the philosophy of science. The Bloomsbury Companion to Robert Boyle brings together the latest work on the lesser known aspects of Boyle's philosophy, alongside some of his best known views, and surveys the full range of his philosophy for the first time. Situating Boyle within the philosophical and scientific traditions and introducing his zeal for experiment and commitment to the improvement of humanity, chapters reveal how crucial chemistry and alchemy are to his philosophy of science. They take up the metaphysical and ontological consequences of his philosophy and discuss his influence in the 17th and 18th centuries. Highlighting the importance of his moral theory and theological commitments for his philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology, chapters show how they motivate Boyle's philosophical positions and practices. For students or researchers looking to better understand Boyle's contribution to philosophy The Bloomsbury Companion to Robert Boyle is a comprehensive and invaluable guide. By taking into account the last thirty years of scholarship and pointing towards the next thirty years it presents the best of the current research on Boyle's philosophy and significance today.
Categories: Philosophy

Boyle Studies

Boyle Studies

Boyle Studies 10 The Way Forward: Boyle in Context The material presented here offers detailed elucidation of various ... Obviously caution is needed here, since it is clear that extraneous material was added to the Boyle Papers after ...

Author: Michael Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317172871

Category: History

Page: 266

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The significance of Robert Boyle (1627-91) as the most influential English scientist in the generation before Newton is now generally acknowledged, but the complexity and eclecticism of his ideas has also become increasingly apparent. This volume presents an important group of studies of Boyle by Michael Hunter, the leading expert on Boyle’s life and thought. It forms a sequel to two previous books: Hunter’s Robert Boyle: Scrupulosity and Science (2000) and The Boyle Papers: Understanding the Manuscripts of Robert Boyle (2007). Like them, it conveniently brings together material otherwise widely scattered in essay volumes and academic journals, while nearly a third of the book’s content is hitherto unpublished. The collection opens with a substantial introduction that places the studies that follow in the context of existing studies of Boyle; appended to it is an annotated edition of Boyle’s telling list of desiderata for science. The next three essays comprise a group of essentially biographical studies, exploring various aspects of Boyle’s life and intellectual evolution, after which three others provide further evidence of the ’convoluted’ Boyle divulged in Robert Boyle: Scrupulosity and Science. Finally, we have two chapters, one hitherto published only in French and the other not at all, which throw important light on topics that preoccupied Boyle in the last few years of his life - the supernatural and the exotic. Together, these essays add greater depth to our understanding of Boyle, both as an individual and as a natural philosopher.
Categories: History