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Hunter, Michael Cyril William

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Works: 99 works in 378 publications in 2 languages and 7,856 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Conference proceedings  Registers  Diaries  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Editor, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: Q127.G4, B
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Most widely held works by Michael Cyril William Hunter
Science and society in restoration England by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
17 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boyle : between God and science by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Boyle ranks with Newton and Einstein as one of the world's most important scientists. Aristocrat and natural philosopher, he was a remarkably wide-ranging and penetrating thinker - pioneering the modern experimental method, championing a novel mechanical view of nature, and reflecting deeply on philosophical and theological issues related to science. But, as Michael Hunter shows, Boyle was also a complex and contradictory personality, fascinated by alchemy and magic and privately plagued with doubts about faith and conscience, which troubled the rational vision he heralded. This extraordinary work is the first biography of Boyle in a generation, and the culminating achievement of a world-renowned expert on the scientist. Deftly navigating Boyle's voluminous published works as well as his personal letters and papers, Hunter's complete and intimate account gives us the man rather than the myth, the troubled introvert as well as the public campaigner. Lively, perceptive, and full of original insights, this is the definitive account of a remarkable man and the changing world in which he lived
Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment ( Book )
12 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rise of atheism and unbelief is a key factor in the development of the modern world, yet it has been relatively little explored by historians. This book presents a series of studies of irreligious ideas in various parts of Europe during the two centuries following the Reformation
John Aubrey and the realm of learning by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
12 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The occult laboratory magic, science, and second sight in late seventeenth-century Scotland by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( )
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The uncanny ability of certain individuals to foresee future events had long been regarded as a characteristic of the Scottish Highlands, but in the late seventeenth century interest in the phenomenon came to a head, stimulated by English scientific and philosophical curiosity about magic, particularly second sight. The natural philosopher Robert Boyle and other English savants investigated these Highland beliefs; they found the region a kind of laboratory, strange yet accessible, where data about unusual beliefs could be collected and theories tested. Scottish authors were also stimulated to write accounts of second sight, notably John Fraser, Dean of the Isles, and the Highland minister, Robert Kirk (1644-92), in his famous work, "The Secret Commonwealth". These and other texts are included in this book, making available crucial information about belief systems which might otherwise never have been recorded, and illuminating changing contemporary attitudes towards the relationship between the natural and the supernatural.; Contents include: an interview with Lord Tarbat, 3 Oct 1678 (Robert Boyle); a collection of Highland Rites and Costume's; "The Secret Commonwealth" (Robert Kirk) "Letter to Joh Aubrey on Second Sight"; "Letter to Samuel Pepys on Second Sight" (John Fraser); "Questionnaires and Responses" (Edward Lhuyd and Robert Wodrow, John Fraser and John Maclean); and introductory material (33pp) by Michael Hunter. Michael Hunter is a Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London
Robert Boyle reconsidered by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
14 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book presents a new view of Robert Boyle (1627-91), the leading British scientist in the generation before Newton. It comprises a series of essays by scholars from Europe and North America which scrutinise Boyle's writings on science, philosophy and theology in detail, bringing out the subtlety of his ideas and the complexity of his relationship with his context. Particular attention is given to Boyle's interest in alchemy and to other facets of his ideas which might initially seem surprising in a leading advocate of the mechanical philosophy. Many of the essays use material from among Boyle's extensive manuscripts, which have recently been catalogued for the first time. The introduction surveys the state of Boyle studies and deploys the findings of the essays to offer a revaluation of Boyle. As an additional resource, the book also includes a complete bibliography of writings on Boyle since 1940
A free enquiry into the vulgarly received notion of nature by Robert Boyle ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The main objective of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy is to expand the range, variety, and quality of texts in the history of philosophy which are available in English. The series includes texts by familiar names (such as Descartes and Kant) and also by less well-known authors. Wherever possible, texts are published in complete and unabridged form, and translations are specially commissioned for the series. Each volume contains a critical introduction together with a guide to further reading and any necessary glossaries and textual apparatus. The volumes are designed for student use at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will be of interest not only to students of philosophy, but also to a wider audience of readers in the history of science, the history of theology, and the history of ideas." "In this book, published in 1686, the scientist Robert Boyle (1627-91) attacked prevailing notions of the natural world which depicted 'Nature' as a wise, benevolent and purposeful being. Boyle, one of the leading mechanical philosophers of his day, believed that the world was best understood as a vast, impersonal machine, fashioned by an infinite, personal God. In this cogent treatise, he drew on his scientific findings, his knowledge of contemporary medicine and his deep reflection on theological and philosophical issues, arguing that it was inappropriate both theologically and scientifically to speak of Nature as if it had a mind of its own: instead, the only true efficient causes of things were the properties and powers given to matter by God. As such, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature represents one of the subtlest statements concerning the philosophical issues raised by the mechanical philosophy to emerge from the period of the scientific revolution. Book jacket."--Jacket
Establishing the new science : the experience of the early Royal Society by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Love, friendship and faith in Europe, 1300-1800 ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Friendship is a subject whose time has come. This book engages with contemporary interests in the making of identity, and demonstrates the workings of religious idioms of amity, charity and love in the making of friendship among early modern people. It will be of interest to all those involved in history and literature opening up the private as well as public lives of early modern people."--BOOK JACKET
The Royal Society and its fellows, 1660-1700 : the morphology of an early scientific institution by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
17 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Science and the shape of orthodoxy : intellectual change in late seventeenth-century Britain by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his introduction Michael Hunter draws on these studies to propound a new theory of intellectual change in this key period. Traditionally it has been seen in terms of simple polarisations - modernity against obfuscation, orthodoxy against subversion. Here, it is argued that such polarisations represent influential but idealised extremes, to which thinkers individually responded; scholars must in future have due regard to the balance between ideal types and individual complexities thus revealed
Robert Hooke : new studies ( Book )
8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Editing early modern texts : an introduction to principles and practice by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
19 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Editing Early Modern Texts provides an approachable exposition of the rationale of textual editing with special reference to texts dating from between 1550 and 1800. It deals with electronic editions as well as printed ones and considers non-literary as well as literary texts, drawing out the common editorial principles underlying all activity in this field. The strengths and weaknesses of different editorial practices are evaluated in terms of their intelligibility and usefulness to the reader, as well as their fidelity to the original, while information is also given on how early modern manuscript and printed texts were actually produced, and the implications of this for their editorial treatment. Giving practical advice on how texts should be prepared and presented, the book will be invaluable to all wishing to learn more about textual editing, whether they are putative editors or simply users of editions who wish to understand them better."--BOOK JACKET
Archives of the scientific revolution : the formation and exchange of ideas in seventeenth-century Europe ( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An astrological diary of the seventeenth century : Samuel Jeake of Rye, 1652-1699 by Samuel Jeake ( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Printed images in early modern Britain : essays in interpretation ( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ranging from religion to politics, polemic to satire, natural science to consumer culture, this collection explores how printed images need to be read in terms of the visual syntax understood by contemporaries
Preserving the past : the rise of heritage in modern Britain ( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Correspondence of Robert Boyle, 1636-1691 by Robert Boyle ( Book )
25 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Miscellaneous languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Past Masters database The Correspondence of Robert Boyle contains the correspondence from the Boyle Project in London, as well as the Boyle Project edition of autobiographical and biographical texts
Robert Boyle, 1627-91 : scrupulosity and science by Michael Cyril William Hunter ( Book )
11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Evelyn and his milieu ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Hunter, Michael, 1949-
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