Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition

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University of Chicago Press, 10 jan. 2012 - 320 pagina's
In Regimens of the Mind, Sorana Corneanu proposes a new approach to the epistemological and methodological doctrines of the leading experimental philosophers of seventeenth-century England, an approach that considers their often overlooked moral, psychological, and theological elements. Corneanu focuses on the views about the pursuit of knowledge in the writings of Robert Boyle and John Locke, as well as in those of several of their influences, including Francis Bacon and the early Royal Society virtuosi. She argues that their experimental programs of inquiry fulfill the role of regimens for curing, ordering, and educating the mind toward an ethical purpose, an idea she tracks back to the ancient tradition of cultura animi. Corneanu traces this idea through its early modern revival and illustrates how it organizes the experimental philosophers’ reflections on the discipline of judgment, the study of nature, and the study of Scripture. It is through this lens, the author suggests, that the core features of the early modern English experimental philosophy—including its defense of experience, its epistemic modesty, its communal nature, and its pursuit of “objectivity”—are best understood.

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Introduction
1
1 Francis Bacon and the Art of Direction
14
An Early Modern Tradition
46
3 Virtuoso Discipline
79
Experience as Paideia
114
5 John Locke and the Education of the Mind
141
6 Studying Nature
169
7 Studying Gods Contrivances
198
Conclusion
220
List of Abbreviations
231
Notes
233
Bibliography
279
Index
301
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Sorana Corneanu is a researcher in early modern studies at the Research Center for the Foundations of Modern Thought, University of Bucharest, where she is also a lecturer in the Department of English.

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