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Author Ward, Ann, 1970-

Title Matter and Form : From Natural Science to Political Philosophy
Published Lanham : Lexington Books, 2009
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Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: ANCIENT SCIENCE, NATURAL TELEOLOGY, AND THE ORDER OF POLITICS; Chapter 1 The Polis Philosophers; Chapter 2 The Immortality of the Soul and the Origin of the Cosmos in Plato's Phaedo; Chapter 3 Plato's Science of Living Well; Chapter 4 Understanding Aristotle's Politics through Form and Matter; PART II: HEAVENLY PERFECTION AND PSYCHIC HARMONY; Chapter 5 Making "Men See Clearly": Physical Imperfection and Mathematical Order in Ptolemy's Syntaxis
Chapter 12 Hobbes and Aristotle on Biology, Reason, and ReproductionPart IV: THE SCIENTIFIC ROOTS OF LIBERALISM AND CONTEMPORARY "BIOPOLITICS"; Chapter 13 Locke and the Problematic Relation between Natural Science and Moral Philosophy; Chapter 14 Rousseau's Botanical-Political Problem: On the Nature of Nature and Political Philosophy; Chapter 15 Contrasting Biological and Humanistic Approaches to the Evolution of Political Morality; Dialogue of the Sciences and the Humanities; Notes on Contributors
Chapter 6 Realism and Liberalism in the Naturalistic-Psychological Roots of Averro√ęs's Critique of Plato's RepublicPart III: SKEPTICISM, MECHANISM, AND THE NEW POLITICS; Chapter 7 Skepticism, Science, and Politics in Montaigne's Essays; Chapter 8 Parmenidean Intuitions in Descartes's Theory of the Heart's Motion; Chapter 9 Hobbes's Natural Condition and his Natural Science of the Mind in Leviathan; Chapter 10 Hobbes and Aristotle: Science and Politics; Chapter 11 From Metaphysics to Ethics and Beyond: Hobbes's Reaction to Aristotelian Essentialism
Summary 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
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Subject Natural history -- Philosophy.
Nature and civilization.
Philosophy of nature.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Al-Maini, Douglas
Bradshaw, Leah.
Lemetti, Juhana.
Makus, Ingrid.
Meguid, Ahmed Abdel
Raymond, Dwayne.
Robinson, Steven.
Schaefer, David Lewis, 1943-
Sorenson, Leonard R., 1945-
Ulrich, Paul.
Ward, Lee.
Weinman, Michael.
Younesie, Mostafa
Zoller, Coleen
ISBN 0739135708 (electronic bk.)
9780739135709 (electronic bk.)