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dc.contributor.authorYeo, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.editorCharles T. Wolfe and Ofer Galen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:13:36Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:13:36Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-05-12T07:02:40Z
dc.identifier.isbn9789048136858en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/978-90-481-3686-5_10en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/36651
dc.description.abstractRobert Boyle and John Beale had connections with Samuel Hartlib and his correspondence circle. The position of these three figures can be taken as an 'empirical' one in the sense that they favoured 'particulars' over 'systems'. But differences emerge if we consider their attitudes towards the role of memory in Baconian natural histories. Hartlib's call for empirical particulars coexisted with an expectation that information could be reduced and arranged to aid both memory and thinking. As one model, William Petty promoted John Pell's reductions of mathematical knowledge. Beale's letters to Boyle (in the 1660s) urged systematic ordering of empirical data in the service of memory and hypotheses. Although Boyle did believe that a disciplined individual memory could embody multifarious experiences, he resisted Beale's advice. What we accept as Boyle's 'empirical' attitude was not so much a distinctive commitment to gathering matters of fact - something also professed by Hartlib and Beale - but a refusal to condense and arrange material in the way they demanded. Beale's promotion of memory �chniques that relied on highly structured arrangements of units seems to have aggravated Boyle's existing suspicion of premature systems.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.springerlink.com/en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Scienceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofchapter10en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom185en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto210en_US
dc.relation.ispartofeditionfirsten_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistorical Studies not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBritish Historyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode210399en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode210305en_US
dc.titleMemory and Empirical Information: Samuel Hartlib, John Beale and Robert Boyleen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Book Chapters (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeB - Book Chaptersen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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