An Intimate Relation: Studies in the History and Philosophy by Joseph C. Pitt (auth.), James Robert Brown, Jürgen

By Joseph C. Pitt (auth.), James Robert Brown, Jürgen Mittelstrass (eds.)

The top philosophy of technology over the past new release has been hugely old; and the easiest background of technological know-how, hugely philosophical. not anyone has higher exemplified this intimate dating among heritage and philosophy than has Robert E. Butts in his paintings. via­ out his a variety of writings, technological know-how, its philosophy, and its historical past were handled as a continuing net. the outcome has been a physique of labor that's delicate in its belief, formidable in its scope, and illuminat­ ing in its execution. not just has his paintings opened new paths of inquiry, yet his enthusiasm for the self-discipline, his encouragement of others (particularly scholars and more youthful colleagues), and his tireless efforts to construct a global group of students, have influenced the expansion of HPS all through Europe and North the United States. some of the essays during this quantity mirror that impression. Our name, in fact, is intentionally ambiguous. The essays herein are through colleagues and previous scholars, we all wishing to honour an intimate good friend. satisfied Birthday, Bob! IX creation The essays herein hide quite a few matters: from Descartes to aid, from Galileo to playing, from Freud's psychoanalysis to Kant's thing-in-itself. yet lower than this variety there's an process universal to all of them. issues are principally performed with a priority for and a sensitivity to ancient concerns (including modern historical past, of course).

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Sarsi, if it was given to me alone, and to no other, to make all the new discoveries in the heavens" (Galileo 1890-1909, VI, 383, n. 13). The age of Galileo and Descartes had long ceased to be an age of chivalry and had become the age of Spanish pride and Baroque punctilio. It is symptomatic that in 1636, the year before the publication of the Discourse on Method, Paris acclaimed Corneille's immensely successful play, Le Cid, which revolves entirely on a point of honour. Although personal temperament and social climate must be taken into account when considering Descartes' polemics with his contemporaries, there is a more profound and interesting reason for his unbounded faith in himself and in his method.

Brown and J. ), An Intimate Relation, 23-42. © 1989 Kluwer Academic Publishers. 24 WILLIAM R. SHEA that it could only repeat what he had already said in his Geometry (AT, 11,495). This overbearing and arrogant attitude was not exclusive to Descartes. Compare, for instance, the following passage from his letter to Mersenne: "I would gladly have them believe that if I am wrong about the motion of the heart, refraction, or if anything else that I have discussed in more than a couple of lines is wrong, then the rest of my philosophy is worthless" (letter of 9 February 1639, AT, II, 501), with Galileo's statement in a postil to a book by the Jesuit Orazio Grassi (who wrote under the pseudonym of Sarsi): "What do you want, Mr.

The position Galileo finally endorses here is the same one maintained by the Church. The discussion over the methods by which God and man arrive at their respective understandings of necessity only obscures the real point. Prior to the discussion of these different methods of arriving at an understanding of necessity, Galileo's argument had been concerned to show that despite man's limitations, he is capable of acquiring knowledge. This is possible because knowledge consists in achieving certainty and irrespective of the difference in the methods man and God use, they can both achieve that state.

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