Distinctions of Reason and Reasonable Distinctions : the Academic Life of John Wallis (1616-1703).

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Author / Creator:Rampelt, Jason M.
Imprint:Boston : BRILL, 2019.
Description:1 online resource (329 pages)
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Subject:Wallis, John, -- 1616-1703.
Wallis, John, -- 1616-1703.
University of Oxford -- Faculty -- Biography.
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Mathematicians -- England -- Biography.
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Summary:Distinctions of Reason and Reasonable Distinctions is an intellectual biography of John Wallis (1616-1703), professor of mathematics at Oxford for over half a century. His career spans the political tumult of the English Civil Wars, the religious upheaval of the Church of England, and the fascinating developments in mathematics and natural philosophy. His ability to navigate this terrain and advance human learning in the academic world was facilitated by his use of the Jesuit Francisco Suarez's theory of distinctions. This Roman Catholic's philosophy in the hands of a Protestant divine fostered an instrumentalism necessary to bridge the old and new. With this tool, Wallis brought modern science into the university and helped form the Royal Society.
Other form:Print version: Rampelt, Jason M. Distinctions of Reason and Reasonable Distinctions : The Academic Life of John Wallis (1616-1703). Boston : BRILL, ©2019 9789004409132
Table of Contents:
  • Intro; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Illustrations; Abbreviations; Chapter 1 Introduction; 1 John Wallis's "Mottled Soul": The Interpretative Challenge; 2 The Salve of the "Town Doctor": the Interpretive Approach; Part 1 John Wallis's Academic Formation; Introduction to Part 1; Chapter 2 John Wallis's Autobiography: Text and Context; 1 John Wallis and Thomas Smith; 2 John Wallis's Manuscript Copies of His Autobiography; 3 John Wallis, Anthony Wood, and the Memory of the Town Doctor; Chapter 3 Early Life and Education; 1 At Home and at School, 1616-32
  • 2 Cambridge University, 1632-402.1 Wallis's Tutors at Cambridge; 2.2 Philosophical Studies; 2.2.1 Scholastic Philosophy and the conceptus inadaequati; 2.2.2 Natural Philosophy and Mathematics; 2.3 Theological Studies; Chapter 4 The Foundation of a Career; 1 Ecclesiastical Service, 1640-49; 1.1 Chaplaincies; 1.1.1 Henry Darley, 1640-41; 1.1.2 Lady Mary Vere, 1641-43; 1.2 The Westminster Assembly, 1643-49; 2 Natural Philosophy in London, 1645-49; 2.1 Natural Philosophers, Philosophies, and Their Instruments of Learning; 2.2 Francis Glisson and Philosophical Anatomy; 3 Conclusion
  • Conclusion to Part 1Part 2 John Wallis's Academic Career; Introduction to Part 2; Chapter 5 Mathematical Lecturer; 1 The Savilian Statutes; 2 Lectures on Arithmetic and Algebra; 3 Lectures on Geometry; 4 Conclusion; Chapter 6 Doctor of Divinity; 1 Dogmatics and the Distinctions of Reason; 1.1 The Decrees of God; 1.2 The Trinity; 1.3 Ecclesiology: the Metaphysics of Presbyterianism; 2 Reason and Revelation; 3 Conclusion: the Hermeneutic of Suspension; Chapter 7 Pedagogue, Pastor, and Protector; 1 Geometry as Solidior Philosophia; 2 The Care of Scholars
  • 2.1 Academic Traditions and the Current State of Affairs2.2 Academic Life and the Current Affairs of State; 3 A University in Its Own Right; 3.1 A University Counter-Reformation; 3.2 A Learned Press; 4 Conclusion; Conclusion to Part 2; Part 3 John Wallis's Philosophical Method; Introduction to Part 3; Chapter 8 Mathematical Method; 1 Geometry, Algebra, and Arithmetic; 2 Arithmetica Infinitorum, 1656; 2.1 The Genesis of the Text; 2.2 The Method of Induction; 3 Hobbes and Wallis; 3.1 The Nature of Mathematical Demonstration; 3.1.1 Modes of Argument: John Wallis
  • 3.1.2 Modes of Argument: Thomas Hobbes3.1.3 The Argument between Hobbes and Wallis; 3.2 The Rhetoric of Demonstration; 4 Imaginary Numbers; 5 The Angle of Contact; 6 Conclusion; Chapter 9 The Languages of Philosophy; 1 Logic; 1.1 Wallis's Tradition of Logic; 1.2 The Nature and Definition of Logic; 1.3 Terms and Definitions; 1.4 Arguments; 1.4.1 Syllogism; 1.4.2 Demonstration; 1.4.3 Induction; 1.5 Method; 2 Language; 2.1 English Grammar; 2.2 Universal Grammar; 3 Conclusion; Conclusion to Part 3; Chapter 10 Conclusion; Bibliography; Index