By Robert E. Butts
For 35 years, the serious and inventive writings of Robert E. Butts were a outstanding and welcome a part of eu and North American philosophy. many years in the past, James Robert Brown and Jiirgen Mittelstrass feted Professor Butts with a quantity entitled An Intimate Relation (Boston stories vol. 116, 1989), essays through twenty-six philosophers and historians of the sciences. And that becoming a member of of philosophers and historians used to be amazing facts of the 'intimate relation' among historic illumination and philosophical realizing that's attribute of Butts all through his paintings. now not by myself, Butts has been, and is, considered one of this generation's such a lot incisive thinkers, dedicated to in charge textual scholarship and both in charge resourceful interpretation. Brown and Mittelstrass stated that "throughout his writings, technology, its philosophy, and its historical past were handled as a unbroken web", and that i could upload merely that philosophy in step with se is part of the net too. the following during this publication ahead of us are the consequences, a stunning assortment from the paintings of Robert Butts, who's for therefore lots of his colleagues, scholars and readers, Mr. HPS, the version philosophical historian and historic thinker of the sciences. July 1993 Robert S. Cohen middle for Philosophy and heritage of technology, Boston college desk OF CONTENTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL notice IX creation Xl half I EARLY glossy PHILOSOPHY OF technological know-how 1 1. a few strategies in Galileo's propaganda for the mathematization of medical adventure three 2.
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Apparently he thought that the validity of the reductio argument established all that was needed. Some might think, however, that the following move in the passage in Specimen dynamicum is a kind of abdication of philosophical responsibility: ... [I]f the given phenomena appear the same, whatever may be the true hypothesis or however we may ascribe motion or rest to them, the same result LEIBNIZ ON RIVAL HYPOTHESES 43 will be produced in the unknown or resulting phenomena, even with respect to the action of bodies upon each other.
2. Some Worries of Leibniz Leibniz worries about details of Descartes's physics during the last 33 34 HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS two decades of the seventeenth century. His first statement of the idea that local motion is not real motion occurs in the Discours of 1686. The Discours was not published except for § 17, which appeared as "A brief demonstration of a notable error of Descartes and others concerning a natural law" (Acta eruditorum, March 1686; L #34). t The conclusion that mere change of place is not real motion (or cannot be detected to be real motion) has both methodological and metaphysical implications for the further development of Leibniz's philosophy.
NOTES 1. Like many people who write on Galileo I am not a Galileo specialist. I am aware that many of his contemporaries shared views similar to his on matters both philosophical and scientific. I am also aware-but in this paper will ignore-that a fairly substantial tradition of experimentation predated Galileo's work. These historical concessions in no way militate against the interpretation of Galileo that I will offer. GALILEO'S PROPAGANDA FOR MATHEMATIZATION 29 2. Even if what follows confirms Feyerabend's views of Galileo, there is no cause for alarm.
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