Download PDF by Luc Ferry: A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living

By Luc Ferry

ISBN-10: 0062074245

ISBN-13: 9780062074249

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From the undying knowledge of the traditional Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s quick vintage brilliantly and accessibly explains the iconic teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to fashionable lifestyle and its crucial function in attaining happiness and residing a significant lifestyles. This energetic trip in the course of the nice thinkers will enlighten each reader, old and young.

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44 In his Traité de l’homme of 1633, Descartes even assimilated 39 Ibid. See pp. 51–54, 357. , p. 78. 41 “Il verra la plus noble academie du monde qui se fait depuis peu en ceste ville, dont il sera sans doute, car elle est toute mathematique” (Mersenne, Correspondance, vol. V, p. 209). 42 Principia IV 188. 43 Principia IV 203. , March 1642, in Œuvres, vol. V, p. 546. 40 1 Remarks on the Pre-history of the Mechanical Philosophy 17 the human body to a machine. On Descartes’ philosophy, mechanics subsumes physics, in a way: everything in physics now receives a mechanical explanation, that is to say, everything is explained as if it were a machine.

In this way, their intellectual programs depart in an important way from Boyle’s mechanical philosophy. Though they may agree with the explanatory project Boyle proposes, they are quite at odds with his irenic project. 7 Novatores, Latitudinarians, and the Construction of the Mechanical Philosophy The apparent conflict among Descartes, Gassendi, and Hobbes can be put into a larger intellectual context, one that goes a long way toward helping us to understand where the irenic perspective of Boyle’s program may be coming from.

If my reading is right, Boyle’s mechanical philosophy was an irenic project, very much a part of his own particular intellectual context, but very foreign to anything that moved any of the three. Boyle’s mechanical philosophy was a club to which they could have not nor would have belonged. 8 A Broader Conception of Mechanism? I have argued that many of the figures who are often grouped as mechanical philosophers by later commentators do not really belong there, if we understand the mechanical philosophy as Boyle did.

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