New PDF release: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature

By Robert Boyle

Released in 1686, this paintings attacked triumphing notions of the flora and fauna that depicted "Nature" as a smart, benevolent and functional being. It represents one of many subtlest statements about the matters raised by way of the mechanical philosophy that emerged from the medical Revolution. This quantity offers the 1st sleek version of the entire textual content, including a old advent, a chronology of Boyle's existence and notes on extra studying.

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Lat. lacks 'under the name of Eleutherius'. The identity of Eleutherius has not been established. Lat. lacks the parenthetical phrase. This work was not published and has not survived. 102 on Fri Mar 18 04:18:35 GMT 2016. 006 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 Preface or received, so will I not conclude an opinion to be a truth merely because great numbers have thought it to be so, nor think an opinion erroneous because it is not yet known to many or because it opposes a tenent embraced by many.

For, as Aristotle, by introducing the opinion of the eternity of the world (whereof he owns himself to have been the first broacher), did (at least in almost all men's opinion) openly deny God the production of the world, so by ascribing the admirable works of God to what he calls nature, he tacitly denies him the government of the world. Which suspicion, if you judge severe, I shall not at more leisure refuse to acquaint you (in a distinct paper)0 why I take divers of Aristotle's opinions relating to religion to be more unfriendly, not to say pernicious, to it than those of several other heathen philosophers.

007 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 Section I things that are to be met within it not to him, but to a certain nature which themselves do not well know what to make of. It is true that many confess that this nature is a thing of his establishing and subordinate to him. But, though many confess it when they are asked whether they do or no - yet, besides that, many seldom or never lifted up their eyes to any higher cause - he that takes notice of their way of ascribing things to nature may easily discern that, whatever their words sometimes be, the agency of God is little taken notice of in their thoughts.

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