Did Descartes Teach a Philosophy of Science or Pursue Strategies of Natural Philosophical Systematization. Schuster on Desmond Clarke (2017)

This is the penultimate pre-publication version of John A. Schuster, ‘Did Descartes Teach a ‘Philosophy of Science’ or Implement ‘Strategies of Natural Philosophical Explanation’?’ in Stephen Gaukroger and Catherine Wilson (Eds.) Descartes and Cartesianism: Essays in Honour of Desmond Clarke, OUP, 2017, pp.3-25. Page numbers in brackets indicate page numbers in the published version. This paper […]

Influenced by Practical Mathematics, or Appropriating Elements From It? Case of the Young Descartes. Schuster 2017.

Final pre-publication version of J.A. Schuster (2017) ‘Consuming and Appropriating Practical Mathematics and the Mixed Mathematical Fields, or Being “Influenced” by Them: The Case of the Young Descartes’ in Lesley Cormack, Stephen Walton and John Schuster (Eds.) Mathematical Practitioners and the Transformation of Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Dordrecht, Springer pp.37-65. An historiographical exercise […]

Descartes on Sunspots—Facts and Systematizing Strategies in His Principles of Philosophy. Schuster and Brody 2013

Penultimate pre-publication version of John A. Schuster and Judit Brody (2013) ‘Descartes and Sunspots: Matters of Fact and Systematising Strategies in the Principia Philosophiae’, Annals of Science 70 (1):1-45. (March 2013 selected as one of ‘70 key papers’ to celebrate the 77 years and 70 volumes of this journal.)

Baroque Culture and the Trajectory of Early Modern Natural Philosophy. Schuster 2013

J.A. Schuster, ‘What was the relation of Baroque Culture to the Trajectory of Early Modern Natural Philosophy’, in O. Gal and R. Chen-Morris (eds.), Science in the Age of Baroque, (Archives internationales d’histoire des idées 208) (2013), pp.13-45. This is the penultimate, pre-publication version, templated for ease of reading and printing. The entire volume was […]

Draft Introducton to Thematic Section in Synthese on Seeing the Causes in Baroque Optics

In April 2012 Synthese published a ‘Thematic Section’ of three papers dealing with ‘seeing the causes in Baroque Optics’ a part of the Baroque Science Project conducted between 2006 and 2009 by Ofer Gal, Raz Chen-Morris and colleagues in the School of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney These papers are: •Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris, ‘Nature’s drawing: […]

Beyond Duhem and Crombie. Recovering the Role of Medieval Natural Philosophy in the Rise of Modern Science. Schuster (2012)

The penultimate pre-publication version of my paper, ‘Pierre Duhem and Alistair Crombie Revisited: Or, How to Recover the Formative Role of Medieval Catholic Natural Philosophizing in the Rise of Modern Science’ Connor Court Quarterly No.5/6 December 2012, pp.167-182 Printed pagination in brackets. The paper is an experiment in historiography. It explores what, if anything, can today be […]