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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this book about the works of Robert Boyle and John Locke with respect to the human mind. It suggests that the figure of the Christian philosopher expressed Boyle's and Locke's conception of the moral-religious value of the pursuit of knowledge and that there are two early modern interlacing contexts relevant to this conception. These are the early modern cultura animi tradition and the experimental philosophical programs developed by Bacon and the Royal Society virtuosi.

Keywords: human mind; Robert Boyle; John Locke; Christian philosopher; moral-religious value; knowledge; cultura animi; Royal Society virtousi

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