The Transformation of Natural Philosophy: The Case of Philip Melanchthon

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 9, 1995 - History - 246 pages
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This book examines the genesis of Lutheran interest in natural philosophical issues by focusing on the reform of natural philosophy initiated by Philip Melanchthon. It suggests that Melanchthon transformed traditional natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one in an effort to refute civil disobedience and promote Luther's cause. It argues that an approach to natural philosophy by a dichotomy of "science" vs. "religion" is hazardous: natural philosophy should be understood as a study of nature, understood as God's creation, undertaken for Christian purposes.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The way of the Schoolmen
7
the reforms of Luther and Melanchthon
27
3 The soul
75
4 The Providence of God
124
5 The construction of orthodoxy
174
a transformation of natural philosophy
201
Bibliography
211
Index
241
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