The Christian Philosopher
University of Illinois Press, 1994 - 488 страница
The prominent Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather published The Christian Philosopher in 1721, eight years after he had been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. The first comprehensive book on science written by an American, it was intended to demonstrate the harmony between science and religion. Mather surveyed all the known sciences from astronomy and physics to human anatomy. He presented evidence that both celestial and terrestrial phenomena imply an intelligent designer. Winton Solberg's introduction places Mather's treatise in its widest historical context. In addition to tracing the origins and sources of Mather's work, Solberg analyzes the book's contents, its reception, and its significance in American intellectual and cultural history. This edition returns Mather to his rightful place in American thought, as a deeply religious intellectual whose warm reception of the new science helped bridge the gap between the medieval worldview and the scientific revolution of Copernicus and Newton.
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Note on Editorial Method In the interest of making Mather ' s text clear and its
presentation consistent with Kenneth B . Murdock ' s ... As Murdock notes , “ he
employs them for emphasis , for proper names , for foreign words and phrases .
The Faculty of the Glottis , 161 in so exquisitely contracting , or dilating of itself ,
as to form all Notes , is , as Mr . Derham says , prodigious ! For , as Dr . Keil notes
, if you suppose the greatest Distance of the two sides of the Glottis , to be one ...
150 , 149 , and notes . 276 : 11 – 277 : 43 These paragraphs rehearse material in
Derham , pp . 146 – 49 and notes . 277 : 44 - 278 : 54 This material is taken
nearly verbatim from Wainewright , Mechanical Account , pp . 55 - 56 , 57 . 278 :
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