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<i>Deus sive natura</i>: science, nature, and ideology

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222919.003.0011
Deus sive natura: science, nature, and ideology

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Feudalism put forward the notion of nature as a work of God. Nature’s laws, however, constitute the physical and secular world. The seventeenth century gave rise to secularization and the growth of the secular states wherein the scientific revolution took place, and religious beliefs were set aside, if not disregarded. In opposition to the theology-influenced concept of nature, the conception of science was made, with Descartes as one of its main contributors. This chapter mainly analyzes the differences and possible similarities of the ideologies of nature as concepts in both religion and science. This chapter attempts to explain the rise of scientific thought, liberating the new sciences, and giving meaning to such terms as absolute and finite.

Keywords: God; nature; secularization; Descartes; absolute

Chapter.  9291 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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