Robert Boyle: Experience as <i>Paideia</i>

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:
Robert Boyle: Experience as Paideia

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This chapter examines the views and works of Robert Boyle related to the limits and perfection of reason and his view of experience as paideia. It contends that Boyle's dynamic approach to knowledge is at the same time a dynamic approach to the human faculties which emphasizes their educability and progress conjointly with an awareness of their limits. This chapter also suggests that Boyle's concern with the state and possibilities of human faculties is the framework of his approach to the questions of the limits of reason and of certain knowledge.

Keywords: Robert Boyle; reason; experience; paideia; knowledge; human faculties

Chapter.  12142 words. 

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