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Fictions of the CosmosScience and Literature in the Seventeenth Century$
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Frederique Ait-Touati

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226011226

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.001.0001

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Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish

The Battle of lnstruments

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(p.174) * 6 * Margaret Cavendish
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Fictions of the Cosmos
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.003.0007

This chapter examines Margaret Cavendish's bookObservations upon Experimental Philosophy and The Description of a New Blazing World. It explains that these books specifically targeted experimental philosophers and they were explicitly presented in response to Robert Hooke's Micrographia. This chapter suggests that Cavendish was opposed to the conception of natural philosophy as experimental and the use of instruments for the observation of nature.

Keywords:   Margaret Cavendish, experimental philosophy, experimental philosophers, Robert Hooke, Micrographia, natural philosophy, observation of nature

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