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The Natural philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg

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Beschreibung

Although Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is commonly known for his spiritual philosophy, his early career was focused unnatural science. During this period, Swedenborg thought of the world was like a gigantic machine, following the laws of mechanics and geometry. This volume analyzes this mechanistic worldview from the cognitive perspective, by means of a study of the metaphors in Swedenborg's texts. The author argues that these conceptual metaphors are vital skills of the creative mind and scientific thinking, used to create visual analogies and abstract ideas. This means that Swedenborg's mechanistic and geometrical worldview, allowed him to perceive the world as mechanical and geometrical. Swedenborg thought 'with' books and pens. The reading gave him associations and clues, forced him to interpret, and gave him material for his intellectual development.

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Although Emanuel Swedenborg (16881772) is commonly known for his spiritual philosophy, his early career was focused on natural science. During this period, Swedenborg thought the world was like a gigantic machine, following the laws of mechanics and geometry. This volume analyses this mechanistic world-view from the cognitive perspective, by means of a study of the metaphors in Swedenborg's texts. The author argues that these conceptual metaphors are vital skills of the creative mind and scientific thinking, used to create visual analogies and abstract ideas. This means that Swedenborg's mechanistic and geometrical world-view allowed him to perceive the world as mechanical and geometrical. Swedenborg thought "with" books and pens. The reading gave him associations and clues, forced him to interpret, and gave him material for his intellectual development.



Inhalt
1. Introduction.- 2. The space.- 3. The Sign.- 4. The wave.- 5. The sphere.- 6. The point.- 7. The spiral.- 8. The infinite.- 9. Conclusion.?

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Natural philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg
Untertitel: A Study in the Conceptual Metaphors of the Mechanistic World-View
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EAN: 9789400745605
ISBN: 978-94-007-4560-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Springer
Genre: Philosophie
Anzahl Seiten: 483
Veröffentlichung: 31.07.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 11.3 MB
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