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By S. Gaukroger (auth.), Emily Booth (eds.)

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Walter Charleton (1619-1707) has been broadly depicted as a common thinker whose highbrow occupation reflected the highbrow ferment of the ‘scientific revolution’. rather than viewing him as a barometer of highbrow switch, I study the formerly unexplored query of his id as a doctor. studying 3 of his vernacular clinical texts, this quantity considers Charleton’s recommendations on anatomy, body structure and the equipment during which he sought to appreciate the invisible procedures of the body.

Although fascinated by many empirical investigations in the Royal Society, he didn't provide epistemic primacy to experimental findings, nor did he intentionally determine himself with the empirical tools linked to the ‘new science’. as an alternative Charleton provided himself as a scholarly eclectic, following a classical version of the self. Physicians had to recommend either old and smooth gurus, with the intention to allure and hold sufferers. I argue that Charleton’s conditions as a training health care provider led to the development of an identification at variance with that greatly linked to usual philosophers. The insights he can supply us into the area of 17th century physicians are hugely major and completely fascinating.

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A Subtle and Mysterious Machine: The Medical World of Walter - download pdf or read online

Walter Charleton (1619-1707) has been generally depicted as a usual thinker whose highbrow occupation reflected the highbrow ferment of the ‘scientific revolution’. rather than viewing him as a barometer of highbrow switch, I learn the formerly unexplored query of his identification as a doctor.

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It allowed him to maintain the links with the traditional bases upon which medical practice was founded, and also to demonstrate an awareness of recent innovations and discoveries, protecting himself against criticisms of ‘dogmatism’. CHAPTER II REWRITING WALTER CHARLETON: PHYSICK AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY In order to reexamine Charleton, we need to scrutinise some assumptions implicit in existing scholarship on the subject. Specific studies of Charleton are rare. Interest in him seems to have flowered in the 1950s, and is evident in sporadic articles through the 1960s and 1970s.

V. Brown’s views are dealt with more fully in my final chapters. Followers of this approach include Steven Shapin, Peter Dear, John Henry and Barbara Shapiro. S. Shapin, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth Century England, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1994, p. xvi. Henry, ‘Scientific Revolution in England’, p. 196. 41 While cautious about attributing this profile to natural philosophers across the board, Henry rightly suggests that the profile is useful in understanding the distinctive English context of natural philosophy.

80. REWRITING WALTER CHARLETON 35 constituted a failing. 17 Westfall’s approach does not recognise Charleton’s eclecticism as integral to his epistemology, but rather fixes on the presence of mechanistic thought in the author’s work and generalises it to provide a profile of his world view. ’18 Within late seventeenth-century natural philosophy, according to Osler, the appropriateness of mechanism was not under question. The issue was rather which mechanical model was superior: Cartesian or Gassendian.

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