Hist. 151 Notes 25

Hist. 151 Notes 25 - -the scientific revolution: -meaning...

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- the scientific revolution: -meaning for Western culture and historical causes: -new meanings of establishing truth vs. medieval truth: think rationally of truth, derive truth from scientific observations of natural world -critique of science and Western identity: there were still some negative impacts of science (Western thoughts of superiority, nuclear weapons, environmental damage) -historical roots: Judeo Christian (a God somewhat detached from nature resulting in way of thinking of natural world that demanded non-religious explanation), Greek tradition (philosophers argue for rational thought), the Reformation (opens door to questioning of religion), the Renaissance (reemergence of “doubting” literary culture, new skepticism) -wealth and states: states getting wealthier, new demand for technology, absolutist monarchs liked to have some scientists around; creation of new scientific academies (the Royal Society in England, Academy of Science in France) -toward a new epistemology (the language of science): science answers question “how do we
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