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ERIC Number: EJ924786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Moment of No Return: The University of Paris and the Death of Aristotelianism
Brockliss, Laurence
Science & Education, v15 n2-4 p259-278 Mar 2006
Aristotelianism remained the dominant influence on the course of natural philosophy taught at the University of Paris until the 1690s, when it was swiftly replaced by Cartesianism. The change was not one wanted by church or state and can only be understood by developments within the wider University. On the one hand, the opening of a new college, the College de Mazarin, provided an environment in which the mechanical philosophy could flourish. On the other, divisions within the French Catholic Church between Augustinians and Molinists led to Cartesianism finding support within an important section of the faculty of theology, which was the traditional guardian of philosophical orthodoxy. The conversion of the University of Paris to Cartesianism had important consequences. It encouraged similar changes to the natural philosophical curriculum throughout France and affected the structure and "raison d'etre" of the Academie des Sciences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France (Paris)