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Regimens of the MindBoyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition$
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Sorana Corneanu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226116396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226116419.001.0001

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Studying Nature

Studying Nature

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(p.169) Six Studying Nature
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Regimens of the Mind
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226116419.003.0007

This chapter examines how regimen idea informs inquirers' positions relative to the study of nature, with its natural philosophical and natural theological dimensions. The focuses of the analysis is on the figure of the inquirer into nature rather than on natural philosophical methodology and the natural theological argument. This chapter suggests that an approach from the point of view of the inquirer can add important dimensions to methodology and argument and evaluates how this concept applies to Robert Boyle and John Locke's general concern with the rightful conduct of the understanding. It also contends that experimental methodology and physico-theology are construed as transformative exercises for the inquirer's mind.

Keywords:   regimen idea, study of nature, natural philosophical methodology, experimental methodology, physico-theology, Robert Boyle, John Locke

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