Virtuoso Discipline

in Regimens of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780226116396
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116419 | DOI:
Virtuoso Discipline

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This chapter examines the works of the Royal Society virtuosi in relation to knowledge and the human mind. It suggests that conceptions of experimental natural philosophy in later seventeenth-century England were shaped by a cultura animi project. This chapter argues that the Royal Society virtuosi in the second half of the century drew on both Francis Bacon and the literature on the cure and cultivation of the soul in framing their understanding of experimental philosophy. It also contends that the epistemic modesty of English experimentalism was a direct consequence of the anthropological-therapeutic assumptions about the human mind.

Keywords: Royal Society virtuosi; knowledge; human mind; Francis Bacon; cultura animi; experimental philosophy

Chapter.  15492 words. 

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