The Crisis of Causality: Voetius and Descartes on God, Nature and Change

Voetius and Descartes on God, Nature and Change
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. Juli 1995
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 353 Seiten
978-90-04-10371-9 (ISBN)
This book on the reception of Cartesianism in the Netherlands provides a detailed analysis of the arguments of Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) against the "New Philosophy" of Rene Descartes and explains Voetius' standpoint as an attempt to secure the philosophical basis for theology especially as regards God's government of the physical Universe.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • mit Schutzumschlag
  • Höhe: 244 mm
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  • Breite: 161 mm
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  • Dicke: 31 mm
  • 777 gr
978-90-04-10371-9 (9789004103719)
9004103716 (9004103716)
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J.A. van Ruler, Ph.D. (1995) in Philosophy, University of Groningen, has published various studies on the history of seventeenth-century philosophy and theology and on the intellectual history of the Dutch Republic.
" important book...Van Ruler has accomplished the, alas too rare, feat of writing historically contextualized history of philosophy."
Margaret J. Osler, BJHS, 1997.
Winner of the Praemium Erasmianum 1995.
'The Crisis of Causality' deals with the reaction of the Dutch Calvinist theologian Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) to the 'New Philosophy' of René Descartes (1596-1650).
Voetius not only criticised the Cartesian idea of a mechanical Universe; he also foresaw that shifting conceptions of natural causality would make it impossible for theologians to explain the relationship between God and Creation in philosophical terms. This threatened the status of theology as a scientific discipline.
Apart from a detailed analysis of the Scholastic and Cartesian notions of causality, the book offers new perspectives on related subjects, such as seventeenth-century university training and the Cartesian method of science. It will be of great importance to any student of seventeenth-century intellectual history, philosophy, theology and history of science.

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