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By Richard Olson (auth.), Frederick Burwick (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9400939175

ISBN-13: 9789400939172

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Frederick Burwick's modest yet finished and insightful intro­ duction is preface sufficient to those good essays within the historical past and philosophical feedback of principles. If we wish to know the way a few in­ quiring and clever thinkers sought to move past mechanism and vitalism, we'll locate Burwick's labors of assembling others and mirror­ ing on his personal half to be as stimulating as anyplace to be discovered. And but his preliminary wary comment is true: 'approaches', no longer 'attainments'. the issues linked to clarifying 'matter' and 'form' are nonetheless past any consensus as to their answer. much more will we realize the various varieties and meanings of 'form', and this is often so even for 'organic form'. That clever scientist-philosopher-engineer Lancelot legislations Whyte struggled in a spot neighboring to Burwick's, and his essay of thirty years in the past should be a scientist's preface to Burwick and his colleagues: see Whyte'S accessory on shape (N. Y., Harper, 1954) and his Symposium of 1951 points of shape (London, Percy Lund Humphries 1951; and Indiana college Press 1961), itself prepared in honor of D' Arcy Thompson's classical monograph On development and shape. Philosophy and heritage of technological know-how needs to take care of those matters, and with the aggregate of hard-headedness and mind's eye that they de­ mand.

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72 The claim that God ordinarily operates through natural laws and causes, but that he may on special occasions abrogate them was probably particularly congenial to a Royalist like Charleton; for it corresponded precisely with the position taken by Royalists in mid-century debates regarding the kings ordinary, or ordained powers, and his absolute power. According to their argument, when the king exercises his ordinary powers he operates by traditional means to achieve traditional ends. But though he may seldom exercise it, he always reserves the freedom to act in different ways for extraordinary purposes.

It merely acts regularly to achieve the ends understood by God. ,,92 The first thing to be proved is that the universe must have some intelligent cause and could not be the product of chance. Here the 24 RICHARD OLSON mechanical philosophers argument from design seems decisive to Cudworth. It is plain that things like houses or clocks cannot be understood without taking into account their design for intended ends. By the same token, we must acknowledge that to assign merely mechanical and unguided causes of natural things, is "to dissemble, smother, and conceal their true efficient cause which is the wisdom and contrivance of the divine Architect and Geometer.

140 So by the beginning of the Eighteenth century moderate Anglicans found themselves facing a critical new challenge of their own making. Puritanism, Catholicism, even Atheism, paled in significance in comparison with Deism as a perceived threat. Among the many Anglican responses to the Deistic movement, Joseph Butler's The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature (London, 1736) stands out both for the sophistication of its argument and for its long term success as piece of apologetic literature.

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