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Kusukawa, Sachiko [ MELANCHTHON, PHILIP, 1497-1560 ] The Transformation of Natural Philosophy : The Case of Philip Melancthon. FIRST EDITION : 1995. HARDBACK IN JACKET , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo 0521473470 FIRST EDITION. CAMBRIDGE : 1995. Hardback. Black cloth. Silver lettered spine. Black pictorial dist-jacket (now in an archival quality protective sleeve). No owner name or internal markings. A tight, handsome copy. FINE in near fine jacket. Bright, tight and clean. (xv), 246 pages. Includes bibliographical references and index. 2pp catalogue. UNCOMMON HARDBACK IN JACKET. [ Rosley Books for Antiquarian books, literature, Theology and Church History. ] CONTENTS: List of illustrations; Notes on the text; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The way of the schoolmen; 2. Law and Gospel: the reforms of Luther and Melanchthon; 1. Luther's reform - establishing the message of the Gospel; 2. Melanchthon's reform - law and philosophy; 3. The soul; 4. The Providence of God; 5. The construction of orthodoxy; Conclusion: a transformation of natural philosophy; Bibliography; Index. COVER BLURB: This book proposes that Philip Melanchthon was responsible for transforming traditional university natural philosophy into a specifically Lutheran one. Motivated by desire to check civil disobedience and promote a Lutheran orthodoxy, he created a natural philosophy based on Aristotle, Galen and Plato, incorporating contemporary findings of Copernicus and Vesalius. The fields of astrology, anatomy, botany and mathematics all constituted a natural philosophy in which Melanchthon wished to demonstrate God's Providential design in the physical world. Rather than dichotomising or synthesising the two distinct areas of 'science' and 'religion', Kusukawa advocates the need to look at 'Natural philosophy' as a discipline quite different from either 'modern science' or 'religion': a contextual assessment of the implication of the Lutheran Reformation on university education, particularly on natural philosophy. . [ Rosley Books for Antiquarian books, literature, Theology and Church History. ] (Book ref. 0014379 )  £ 68.50

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