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natural philosophy

An obsolescent term for physics.
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His substantial introduction discusses Della Porta's life and work, the genesis of De Refractione, its textual sources and his difficulties tracking them down, his method of translation, Della Porta's optical analysis and account of refraction, and the historical significance of his account of light and sight within the broader context of natural philosophy as it evolved during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
In his early career, Charles De Koninck defended two theses: first, that natural philosophy (understood along Aristotelian-Thomistic lines) and the modern sciences are formally distinct; and second, that natural philosophy is a qualified form of wisdom with respect to those particular sciences.
Psychology has its roots in natural philosophy and metaphysics.
John Locke and Natural Philosophy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011; hardback; pp.
'being qua being', was re-assigned the specific task of validating the geometrical conception of matter and other principles of natural philosophy. Thus the Cartesian priest-philosopher Malebranche would define metaphysics as 'the general truths that can serve as the principles of the emerging sciences' (29).
Blum considers Pico's methods of disputation and exegesis as well as the papal commission's reactions, to conclude that Pico had offended in his deliberate transgression of the boundary the theologians wished to uphold between natural philosophy and theology.
Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600.
They are arranged chronologically beginning with the pre-Socratic origins of natural philosophy and progressing to the late 20th century.
Reill identifies the advocates of this natural philosophy as Enlightenment Vitalists and their practise as Enlightenment Vitalism.
Third, science, or more correctly "natural philosophy," in at least some of its early modern forms, came to play an important role in the adjudication of rival religious claims.
In his letter to Ibn Sina, al-Biruni had objected to the position taken by the Peripatetics on some of the most fundamental aspects of natural philosophy, for he held an independent position on these matters--a position that ultimately challenged many views of Aristotelian physics.
Man is ordered to woman, and woman to man, and that's a fact in biology and natural philosophy. When this order is breached, as it is in homosexual relations, we expect to see profound consequences.