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Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy (Hardback)
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Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 29/10/2009
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Matter and Form explores the relationship between natural science and political philosophy from the classical to contemporary eras, taking an interdisciplinary approach to the philosophic understanding of the structure and process of the natural world and its impact on the history of political philosophy. It illuminates the importance of philosophic reflection on material nature to moral and political theorizing, mediating between the sciences and humanities and making a contribution to ending the isolation between them.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739135686
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 22 mm


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Ward's impressive book brings wide-ranging wisdom to a present-day intellectual crisis: the gulf between modern science and humane philosophy. -- Robert Faulkner, Boston College
This book does indeed take the reader on an amazing journey, from natural science to political philosophy-from the pre-Socratics to the students of Socrates: Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Averroes-and then back again, exploring the role of modern science in the new liberal politics of Montaigne, Descartes, and especially Hobbes. The contributors deftly explore the various ways that science has figured in the political science of living well. Whether in Locke's account of substance, or Rousseau's botanical studies, or Darwin-influenced biopolitics, what can the study of nature reveal about the nature of man and human morality? Editor Ann Ward has ably assembled this mapping of the long-contested terrain of science and politics. -- Diana Schaub, Loyola College in Maryland
Ann Ward's edited volume Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy provides both political philosophers with a keen interest in the natural sciences and scientists with a interest in the larger political and ethical stakes of their discipline with a much needed catalogue of essays dealing with some of the most daring attempts in Western intellectual history to conceive a political philosophy on the basis of a natural philosophy and, albeit to a lesser extent, vice versa. * The European Legacy - Toward New Paradigms *

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