By Saul Fisher
This examine Gassendi’s philosophy and technological know-how illuminates his contributions to early sleek proposal and to the wider background of philosophy of technological know-how. keys to his proposal are his novel photograph of buying and judging empirical trust, and his liberal account of standards for counting empirical ideals as elements of warranted actual theories. through viewing his philosophical and medical goals as a part of one and a similar undertaking, Gassendi’s arguments on behalf of atomism could be fruitfully defined as approved by way of his empiricism.
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Extra resources for Pierre Gassendi's Philosophy and Science: Atomism for Empiricists
Whereas the Skeptic doubts we can identify a ﬁxed or stable criterion for identifying true empirical beliefs in individual instances, much less a means of appraising their reliability (across instances), the constructive skeptic holds out the possibility of a feasible truth criterion and defends our perceptual grasp of the world as stable and 4 Though texts of the ancient Skeptics were generally lost or not read during the Middle Ages, interest in skepticism was revived in the West in various forms during the Renaissance.
3 The most we can say about sensory evidence, they suggest, is that it gives us justiﬁed beliefs about the way things appear to us. Possible responses to the challenge posed by the Skeptics include those that deﬁne the epistemic judgments to which we are entitled, (a) lacking truth-criteria, justiﬁcation, or both, for our beliefs, (b) lacking absolute justiﬁcation, but not some more limited warrant, for our beliefs (so that we may not know them with certainty), or (c) given some truth-criterion and absolute justiﬁcation for our beliefs (so that we know them if and only if we are certain of them), and how it is we are entitled to such beliefs.
Gassendi at the Cusp of Modern Thought Given Gassendi’s engagement with Aristotle and early (as well as late) Aristotelianism, and his great debts to Skeptic, Stoic, and Epicurean thought, it may seem appropriate to think of Gassendi as belonging to the learned ways of Renaissance philosophy, rather than to the radical changes marking the early modern era. Commentators and historians conventionally consider him as an early modern thinker yet there is good reason to see him as at least a borderline ﬁgure, and much recent scholarship reﬂects this characterization.