- List of Abbreviations
- Notes on Contributors
- Becoming a Philosopher in Seventeenth-Century Britain
- Francis Bacon
- Robert Boyle
- Isaac Newton
- The Reception of Cartesianism
- Observation and Mathematics
- The Status of Theory and Hypotheses
- Substance and Essence
- The Nature of Body
- The Theory of Material Qualities
- Theories of Generation and Form
- Soul and Body
- John Locke on the Understanding
- Probable Opinion
- Logic and Demonstrative Knowledge
- Will and Motivation
- Hedonism and Virtue
- Passions and Affections
- Natural Law and Natural Rights
- Women, Freedom, and Equality
- Thomas Hobbes’ <i>Leviathan</i>
- John Locke’s <i>Two Treatises of Government</i>
- The Origin and Development of Property: Conventionalism, Unilateralism, and Colonialism
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the philosophical views of English philosopher Robert Boyle, outlining his life and character, and describing his views on religion, the natural world, and natural laws. It highlights his lifelong interest in ethics, his uncompromising insistence on the priority of experiment over theory, and his influence on the works of Isaac Newton. The chapter also discusses Boyle's awareness of human frailty in himself and others, and of the weakness of human nature.
J. J. MacIntosh is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, Canada. He has published two works on Robert Boyle, Boyle on Atheism (University of Toronto Press, 2005) and The Excellencies of Robert Boyle (Broadview Press, 2008), as well as a variety of papers. His current research interests include history of philosophy, history of science, logic, and philosophy of religion.
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