Instruments of Knowledge

Jean‐François Gauvin

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Instruments of Knowledge

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This article examines the development of instruments of knowledge in natural philosophy in early modern Europe. It argues that organum and habitus are the fitting concepts available to us in discussing the role played by instruments and machines in relation to the theory and practice of early modern natural philosophy. It investigates the notion of instrumentality examining the notion of instrument and practice during this period.

Keywords: instruments of knowledge; natural philosophy; organum and habitus; machines; theory and practice

Article.  9813 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science

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