Margaret Cavendish

in Fictions of the Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780226011226
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226011240 | DOI:
Margaret Cavendish

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This chapter examines Margaret Cavendish's bookObservations upon Experimental Philosophy and The Description of a New Blazing World. It explains that these books specifically targeted experimental philosophers and they were explicitly presented in response to Robert Hooke's Micrographia. This chapter suggests that Cavendish was opposed to the conception of natural philosophy as experimental and the use of instruments for the observation of nature.

Keywords: Margaret Cavendish; experimental philosophy; experimental philosophers; Robert Hooke; Micrographia; natural philosophy; observation of nature

Chapter.  6627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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