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    ABSTRACTRobert Hooke’s development of the theory of matter-as-vibration provides coherence to a career in natural philosophy which is commonly perceived as scattered and haphazard. It also highlights aspects of his work for which he is rarely credited: besides the creative speculative imagination and practical-instrumental ingenuity for which he is known, it displays lucid and consistent theoretical thought and mathematical skills. Most generally and importantly, however, Hooke’s ‘Principles … o…Read more
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    “Desire is the very essence of man” Spinoza says, inverting a most deeply held conviction: that in our “very essence” we are “mind, reason and judgment”. The ethical implications are difficult: onl...
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    In Reply
    Isis 105 (2): 401-401. 2014.
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    The ‘absolute existence’ of phlogiston: the losing party's point of view
    with Victor D. Boantza
    British Journal for the History of Science 44 (3): 317-342. 2011.
    Long after its alleged demise, phlogiston was still presented, discussed and defended by leading chemists. Even some of the leading proponents of the new chemistry admitted its ‘absolute existence’. We demonstrate that what was defended under the title ‘phlogiston’ was no longer a particular hypothesis about combustion and respiration. Rather, it was a set of ontological and epistemological assumptions and the empirical practices associated with them. Lavoisier's gravimetric reduction, in the ey…Read more
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    “The present book,” acknowledges Wilson in her Preface, “owes its origins to a study of the preface to Robert Hooke‘s Micrographia undertaken in a seminar on reappraisals of the scientific revolution under the direction of Robert S. Westman.” It is in that very preface that Hooke proclaims: “my ambition is, that I may serve to the great Philosophers of this Age, as the makers and grinders of my Glasses did to me”, and it seems that for Wilson, the reappraisal of paragraphs like this have served …Read more
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    Tropes and Topics in Scientific Discourse: Galileo's De Motu
    Science in Context 7 (1): 25-52. 1994.
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    with James Bono, John McEvoy, Alan Shapiro, and Barbara Tuchanska
    These are the abstracts of papers for the conference, History Unveiled Science Unfettered: A Conference in Celebration of James E. McGuire University of Pittsburgh, January 19, 2002.
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    The Invention of Celestial Mechanics
    Early Science and Medicine 10 (4): 529-534. 2005.
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    Constructivism for philosophers (be it a remark on realism)
    Perspectives on Science 10 (4): 523-549. 2002.
    : Bereft of the illusion of an epistemic vantage point external to science, what should be our commitment towards the categories, concepts and terms of that very science? Should we, despaired of the possibility to found these concepts on rock bottom, adopt empiricist skepticism? Or perhaps the inexistence of external foundations implies, rather, immunity for scientific ontology from epistemological criticism? Philosophy's "realism debate" died out without providing a satisfactory answer to the d…Read more
  • Producing Knowledge: Robert Hooke
    Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. 1996.
    This work is an argument for the notion of knowledge production. It is an attempt at an epistemological and historiographic position which treats all facets and modes of knowledge as products of human practices, a position developed and demonstrated through a reconstruction of two defining episodes in the scientific career of Robert Hooke : the composition of his Programme for explaining planetary orbits as inertial motion bent by centripetal force, and his development of the spring law in relat…Read more
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    The Invisible World
    The Leibniz Review 6 144-148. 1996.