Aristotelian World View
Motionless earh was fixed at the center of the universe, God was beyond.
(1561-1626) English politician, writer. Formalized the empirical method. "Novum Organum". Inductive reasoning.
(1546-1601) Established himself as Europe's foremost astronomer of his day; detailed observations of new star of 1572.
(1627-1691) Physicist, nothing can be known beyond all doubt.
Invented measurement of temperature - Celsius.
(1473-1543) Plish clergyman. Sun was the center of the universe; the planets went around it. "On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres." Destroyed Aristotle's view of the universe - heliocentric theory.
Sun is the center of the universe. Copernican.
Earth is the center of the universe. Aristotelian.
(1596-1650) French philosopher, discovered analytical geometry. Saw Algebra and Geometry have a direct relationship. Reduced everything to spiritual or physical.
Descartes, doubt everything and use reasoning based on facts. Combined with empiricism to create scientific method.
Baconian empiricism. Based on speculations on other situations.
Discourse on Methods
Descartes (1677) espoused deductive reasoning.
Bacon's theory of inductive reasoning.
Developed measurement of temperature with freezing at 32 degrees.
Created modern experimental method. Formulated the law of inertia. Tried for heresy and forced to recant. Saw Jupiter's moons. Wrote "Dialogue on the Two Chief Systems of the World".
Located in England. Leading place for the advancement of science. First time scientists had an honored roll in society; center of scientific activity.
Englishman who announced blood circulates throughout the body.
System Nature - developed methods to classify and name plants and animals.
Universal law that could be understood by applying reason; letting people govern themselves.
English scientist. 3 Laws of Motion. Mathematics Principal of Natural PHilosophy (1687).
Last great ancient astronomer; there was a place for God. Complicated rules used to expalin minor irregulatiries in the movement of the planets.
The Royal Society of London
Established by Charles II in 1662; purpose to help the sciences.
Discourses on the Origins of Inequalities
Rousseau, discussed the innocence of man and his corruption by society.
French, perhaps greatest Enlightenment thinker. Deist. Mixed glorification and reason with an appeal for better individuals and institutions. Wrote "Candide". Believed enlightened despot best form of government.
God built the Universe and let it run. Clockmaker theory.
Enlightened ruler. Catherine the Breat, Frederick the Great.
Promoting human welfare and social reform.
Second Treatise of Governments
Written by Locke, government created to protect life, liberty, and property.
Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Written by Locke, tabula rasa theory.
Art style that focuses on pastels, ornate interiors, and sentimental portaits.
The Spirit of Laws
Montesquieu, about separation of powers.
The Social Contract
Rousseau, suggestions in reforming the political system and modeled after the Greek polis.
Voltaire, satirizing society and organized religion in Europe.
French philosopher. Wrote "The Spirit of Laws". Said "Power checks power". Separation of powers. Form of government varies according to climate.