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Form, Reason, and Method

Mary Tiles

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199556137.003.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Form, Reason, and Method

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This article traces the development of an ideal of method that was inspired by Ramon Lull and subsequently found new expressions in many of the proponents of a new science in early modern Europe. It investigates the unravelling of the link between scientific reason and logic and their reweaving in a pattern that integrated scientific reason with mathematics and the discovery of mathematically formulated relationships. It discusses how the transformations of one family of concepts that include proportion, ratio, and measure are implicated in the transition from natural magic to rational mechanics.

Keywords: method; Ramon Lull; Europe; scientific reason; logic; mathematics; proportion; ratio; rational mechanics

Article.  9395 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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