A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature by Robert Boyle

By Robert Boyle

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

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On the rare occasions where square brackets are Boyle's own, this is indicated in the notes. Boyle's usage of 'nature' has presented us with something of a problem, since in the first edition this word is repeatedly placed in italics and capitalised. For the sake of consistency, we have refrained throughout from italicising or capitalising the word. 102 on Fri Mar 18 04:18:32 GMT 2016. 004 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 A note on the text Enquiry or Enquiry in italics to refer to the book; in this case, we have retained his italics.

We have altered the location of paragraph breaks where it improves readability. Square brackets have been used to indicate words or translations inserted by the editors. On the rare occasions where square brackets are Boyle's own, this is indicated in the notes. Boyle's usage of 'nature' has presented us with something of a problem, since in the first edition this word is repeatedly placed in italics and capitalised. For the sake of consistency, we have refrained throughout from italicising or capitalising the word.

For demonstrative arguments would be unsuitable to the very title of my attempt; since if about the received notion of nature I were furnished with unanswerable reasons, my discourse ought to be styled not a Free Enquiry into the vulgar notion of nature I consider, but a Confutation of it. And a heap of bare probabilities may suffice to justify a doubt of the truth of an opinion which they cannot clearly evince to be false. And therefore, if any man shall think fit to criticise upon the less principal or less necessary parts of this treatise, perhaps I shall not think myself obliged to be concerned at it.

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