Meets: Mondays 2:00-5:00pm
This course is a coordinated grad seminar course with the Science and Technology Studies Program grad seminar: PHIL 514A 001.
We will read a number of leading contributors to early modern science with the goal of deepening our appreciation of the metaphysical and methodological commitments that undergird the pursuit of science. The course will be equally divided between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We will focus mainly on the mechanical philosophy (physics) of seventeenth-century philosophers, while for the eighteenth-centuries philosophers we will expand out to the life sciences and moral sciences. This will include primary sources by Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Boyle, Newton, Franklin, D Alembert, Linnaeus, Buffon, Priestley, and Condorcet. Pre-reqs: STS 501.