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Science Old and New: Cosmology

  • Beverley C. Southgate
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idés book series (ARCH, volume 134)

Abstract

Leibniz identified Thomas White as one of those who had contrived “to reconcile Aristotle with modern philosophy”1 Having examined in Chapter 9 some of the characteristics associated with Aristotle, or with those forms of his philosophy which persisted under the more catholic umbrella of scholasticism, we may confirm Leibniz’ diagnosis. Torn as he was between conflicting claims and obligations, White attempted to accommodate numerous aspects of the new thought within that traditional framework with which he had been brought up and to which, as a last refuge against pervasive scepticism, he felt continuing commitment. The synthesis he achieved stands as a model of philosophical compromise, and as enduring evidence for the complexity of intellectual change. White’s thought eludes the facile categorisations of conventional historiography; and if that has been one reason for his three-hundred-year disappearance from the history books, it may no less serve to justify his resuscitation now.

Keywords

Christian Theology Paradise Lost Cosmological Theorise Stellar Parallax Perpetual Motion Machine 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley C. Southgate
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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