David Gorlæus (1591-1612): An Enigmatic Figure in the History of Philosophy and Science (History of Science and Scholarship in the Netherlands)

By: Lüthy, Christoph

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When David Gorlaeus, a prospective theology student, passed away tragically at twenty-one years old, he left behind two highly innovative manuscripts, which were published posthumously in 1620 and 1651, respectively. As his identity was unknown, seventeenth-century readers understood him both as an anti-Aristotelian thinker and a precursor of Descartes. In contrast, by the twentieth century, historians depicted him as an atomist, natural scientist, and even a chemist. "David Gorlaeus (1591-1612)" seeks to pull together what is known of this enigmatic figure. Combining multiple historical sources, Christoph Luthy provides a narrative of Gorlaeus's life that casts light on his exceptional body of work and places it firmly at the intersection between philosophy, the nascent natural sciences, and theology. "Christoph Luthy is the first to tell the complete story of David Gorlaeus and to reconstruct his image on the basis of all remaining sources. Showing in a convincing way that Gorlaeus is one of the key figures in the renewal of atomistic philosophy in the seventeenth century and a major influence on many philosophers that are much better known, he leaves us with the melancholy picture of someone who died too young to become one of the heroes of the scientific revolution."--Theo Verbeek, Utrecht University

Title: David Gorlæus (1591-1612): An Enigmatic Figure in the History of Philosophy and Science (History of Science and Scholarship in the Netherlands)

Author Name: Lüthy, Christoph

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Publisher: Amsterdam University Press:

ISBN Number: 9089644385

ISBN Number 13: 9789089644381

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z9089644385Z2

Description: 9089644385 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the boards, no dust jacket as issued with a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!