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The Natural and the Human: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1739-1841

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Stephen Gaukroger presents an original account of the development of empirical science and the understanding of human behaviour from the mid-eighteenth century. Since the seventeenth century, science in the west has undergone a unique form of cumulative development in which it has been consolidated through integration into and shaping of a culture. But in the eighteenth century, science was cut loose from the legitimating culture in which it had had a public rationale as a fruitful

Author: Gaukroger Stephen
Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780198801603
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2018

Introduction

Part I

1: The Dichotomies of Understanding

2: Rethinking the Nature of Matter

Part II

3: Anthropological Medicine

4: Philosophical Anthropology

5: The Natural History of Man

6: Social Arithmetic

Part III

7: The Naturalization of Religion

Conclusion

Bibliography of Works Cited

Index

Stephen Gaukroger is emeritus professor of history of philosophy and history of science at the University of Sydney. His many books include Objectivity, Civilization and the Culture of Science and Descartes: An Intellectual Biography.

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