Renaissance Scientific Movement Metaphysics - Essay


(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Edwin Arthur Burtt (essay date 1924)

SOURCE: An introduction to The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science, revised edition, Doubleday Anchor Books, 1954, pp. 15–35.

[In the following excerpt, Burtt traces the development of ideas and changes in terminology concerning man's relation to the world.]

A. Historical Problem Suggested by the Nature of Modern Thought

How curious, after all, is the way in which we moderns think about our world! And it is all so novel, too. The cosmology underlying our mental processes is but three centuries old—a mere infant in the history of thought—and yet we cling to it...

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