Chapter

Studying Nature

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226116419.003.0007
Studying Nature

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This chapter examines how regimen idea informs inquirers' positions relative to the study of nature, with its natural philosophical and natural theological dimensions. The focuses of the analysis is on the figure of the inquirer into nature rather than on natural philosophical methodology and the natural theological argument. This chapter suggests that an approach from the point of view of the inquirer can add important dimensions to methodology and argument and evaluates how this concept applies to Robert Boyle and John Locke's general concern with the rightful conduct of the understanding. It also contends that experimental methodology and physico-theology are construed as transformative exercises for the inquirer's mind.

Keywords: regimen idea; study of nature; natural philosophical methodology; experimental methodology; physico-theology; Robert Boyle; John Locke

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