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Preclassical Mechanics in Context: Practical and Theoretical Knowledge Between Sovereignty, Religion, and Science

  • Rivka FeldhayEmail author
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 270)

Abstract

This chapter delineates a map of mutual dependencies between sovereign rulers, religious establishment, scientists, engineers as well as artists in the early modern Catholic world, circa 1550–1650. The juridical structure of sovereign states is the subject of the first section. The effect of military and economic pressures is discussed in the second section and the disciplining power of religion in the third. The fourth section shortly presents a case study that exemplifies the way traditional mechanical knowledge was transformed and also how it operated in the service of state and church.

Keywords

Preclassical mechanics Sovereignty Mental models Jean Bodin Giovanni Botero Jesuits 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas & Minerva Humanities CenterUniversity of Tel AvivTel Aviv-YafoIsrael

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