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In this study of Robert Boyle's epistemology, Jan W. Wojcik reveals the theological context within which Boyle developed his views on reason's limits. After arguing that a correct interpretation of his views on "things above reason" depends upon reading his works in the context of theological controversies in seventeenth-century England, Professor Wojcik details exactly how Boyle's three specific categories of things that transcended reason--the incomprehensible, the inexplicable, and the unsociable--affected his conception of what a natural philosopher could hope to know. Also detailed is Boyle's belief that God deliberately limited the human intellect in order to reserve a full knowledge of both theology and natural philosophy for the afterlife.
  • ISBN13: 9780521560290
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 1997
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00243
Publication DateMarch 28, 1997
Primary CategoryPhilosophy/Epistemology
Sub Category 1Philosophy/Metaphysics

Robert Boyle and the Limits of Reason

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