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Gaukroger, Stephen

Works: 30 works in 293 publications in 2 languages and 16,511 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Translator, Other
Classifications: B1875, 194
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Most widely held works by Stephen Gaukroger
Descartes : an intellectual biography by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

43 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Gaukroger argues that this was not intended as an exercise in philosophical scepticism, but rather to provide Descartes' scientific theories, influenced as they were by Copernicus and Galileo, with metaphysical legitimation. This book offers for the first time a full understanding of how Descartes developed his revolutionary ideas. It will be a landmark publication, welcomed by all readers interested in the origins of modern thought
The emergence of a scientific culture : science and the shaping of modernity 1210-1685 by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why did science emerge in the West and how did scientific values come to be regarded as the yardstick for all other forms of knowledge? Stephen Gaukroger shows just how bitterly the cognitive and cultural standing of science was contested in its early development. Rejecting the traditional picture of secularization, he argues that science in the seventeenth century emerged not in opposition to religion but rather was in many respects driven by it."--BOOK JACKET
Descartes' system of natural philosophy by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

37 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most comprehensive collection of essays on Descartes' scientific writings ever published, this volume offers a detailed reassessment of Descartes' scientific work and its bearing on his philosophy. The 35 essays, written by some of the world's leading scholars, cover topics as diverse as optics, cosmology and medicine, and will be of vital interest to all historians of philosophy or science
Descartes : philosophy, mathematics and physics by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

14 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Blackwell guide to Descartes' Meditations by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consisting of twelve newly commissioned essays and enhanced by William Molyneux's famous early translation of the Meditations. Situates the Meditations in its philosophical and historical context. Touches on all of the major themes of the Meditations, including the mind-body relation, the nature of the mind, and the existence of the material world
Francis Bacon and the transformation of early-modern philosophy by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

17 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book describes how Bacon transformed the values that had underpinned philosophical culture since antiquity by rejecting the traditional idea of a philosopher as someone engaged in contemplation of the cosmos." "The book explores in detail how and why Bacon attempted to transform the largely esoteric discipline of natural philosophy into a public practice through a program in which practical science provided a model that inspired many from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Stephen Gaukroger shows that we shall not understand Bacon unless we understand that a key component of this program for the reform of natural philosophy was the creation of a new philosophical persona: a natural philosopher shaped through submission to the dictates of Baconian method. Thus, we begin to glimpse how the scientific paradigm for cognitive inquiry in our own culture was formed." "This book will be recognised as a major contribution to Baconian scholarship of special interest to historians of early-modern philosophy, science, and ideas."--Jacket
Cartesian logic : an essay on Descartes's conception of inference by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world and other writings by René Descartes( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, The Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, physical optics, and a cosmology, and The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from The Dioptrics and The Meteors, and the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body."--Jacket
Explanatory structures : a study of concepts of explanation in early physics and philosophy by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Objectivity : a very short introduction by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Objectivity is both an essential and elusive philosophical concept. This Very Short Introduction explores the theoretical and practical problems raised by objectivity, and also deals with the way in which particular understandings of objectivity impinge on social research, science, and art"
The collapse of mechanism and the rise of sensibility : science and the shaping of modernity, 1680-1760 by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did we come to have a scientific culture - one in which cognitive values are shaped around scientific ones? Stephen Gaukroger presents a rich and fascinating investigation of the development of intellectual culture in early modern Europe, a period in which understandings of the natural realm began to fragment
The soft underbelly of reason : the passions in the seventeenth century( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The self-image of the seventeenth century is that of an era in which reason finally overcame superstition and ignorance. But the institution of reason was seen to require the removal of various obstacles to reason, and among these the passions figures predominantly. This led to an extensive study of affective and cognitive states and what resulted was a transformation of the understanding of the reason as inportant as anything brought about by the achievements of the seventeenth century scientific revolution.; There was a flood of literature on the passions in the early modern era, and this book begins to reconstruct the thinking of seventeenth-century philosophers, theologians, artists and physicians, on the nature of passions. The author explains that although there were inevitable overlaps, the interests of each group were distinctive. We see that what exercised philosophers most was the relation between cognitive and affective states and how the one could interact with, change, and possibly even replace the other. What concerned theologians was the way in which the loss of control over the passions that began with Adam can be countered.; What exercised physicians was the psycho-physiological basis for the passions, their role in maintaining the general state of mental and physical health of a person, and the extent to which they might be diagnostic signs. What exercised artists was whether there was a repertoire of fundamental passions in an instantly recognisable archetypical way.; We come to understand that it was in terms of the contrast between reason and passions that fundamental questions about the nature of wisdom, goodness and beauty were pursued in the seventeenth century. We also see that it informed practical questions about self-understanding, about the behaviour marking out the philosopher, the statesman and the theologian, and questions about the understanding of psychopathologcal states.; Each of the essays in this collection, written by the most respected academics in their fields, provide both insightful and valuable understanding on the different views of the passions in the Seventeenth Century. Those with an interest in the philosophy of the ear, the history of medicine, and women's studies will find this collection a fascinating read
The philosopher in early modern Europe : the nature of a contested identity( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays by leading figures in philosophy and the history of ideas provides access to key early modern disputes over what it meant to be a philosopher and to the institutional and political and religious contexts in which such disputes took place
The Uses of antiquity : the scientific revolution and the classical tradition by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The institutionalization of History and Philosophy of Science as a distinct field of scholarly endeavour began comparatively earl- though not always under that name - in the Australasian region. An initial lecturing appointment was made at the University of Melbourne immediately after the Second World War, in 1946, and other appoint ments followed as the subject underwent an expansion during the 1950s and 1960s similar to that which took place in other parts of the world. Today there are major Departments at the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales and the University of W ollongong, and smaller groups active in many other parts of Australia and in New Zealand. 'Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science' aims to provide a distinctive pUblication outlet for Australian and New Zealand scholars working in the general area of history, philosophy and social studies of science. Each volume comprises a group of essays on a connected theme, edited by an Australian or a New Zealander with special expertise in that particular area. Papers address general issues, however, rather than local ones; parochial topics are avoided. Further more, though in each volume a majority of the contributors is from Australia or New Zealand, contributions from elsewhere are by no means ruled out. Quite the reverse, in fact - they are actively encouraged wherever appropriate to the balance of the volume in question
The genealogy of knowledge : analytical essays in the history of philosophy and science by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The natural and the human : science and the shaping of modernity, 1739-1841 / Stephen Gaukroger by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Gaukroger presents an original account of the development of empirical science and the understanding of human behavior from the mid-eighteenth century. Since the seventeenth century, science in the west has undergone a unique form of cumulative development in which it has been consolidated through integration into and shaping of a culture. But in the eighteenth century, science was cut loose from the legitimating culture in which it had found a public rationale as a fruitful and worthwhile form of inquiry. What kept it afloat between the middle of the eighteenth and middle of the nineteenth centuries, when its legitimacy began to hinge on an intimate link with technology? The answer lies in large part in an abrupt but fundamental shift in how the tasks of scientific inquiry were conceived, from the natural realm to the human realm. At the core of this development lies the naturalization of the human, that is, attempts to understand human behavior and motivations no longer in theological and metaphysical terms, but in empirical terms. one of the most striking features of this development is the variety of forms it took, and the book explores anthropological medicine, philosophical anthropology, the "natural history of man," and social arithmetic. Each of these disciplines re-formulated basic questions so that empirical investigation could be drawn upon in answering them, but the empirical dimension was conceived very differently in each case, with the result that the naturalization of the human took the form of competing, and in some respects mutually exclusive, projects.--
Le Monde en images : voir, représenter, savoir, de Descartes à Leibniz by Frédérique Aït-Touati( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe the Nature of a Contested Identity. Ideas in Context, Volume 77( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Descartes : an intellectual biography
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Gaukroger, Stephen

Gaukroger, Stephen W. 1950-

Stephen Gaukroger British philosopher and intellectual historian


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French (5)

The emergence of a scientific culture : science and the shaping of modernity 1210-1685Descartes' system of natural philosophyThe Blackwell guide to Descartes' MeditationsFrancis Bacon and the transformation of early-modern philosophyCartesian logic : an essay on Descartes's conception of inferenceThe world and other writingsThe collapse of mechanism and the rise of sensibility : science and the shaping of modernity, 1680-1760The soft underbelly of reason : the passions in the seventeenth century