By Robert BOYLE

'The availability of a paperback model of Boyle's philosophical writings chosen by means of M. A. Stewart can be a true provider to academics, scholars, and students with seventeenth-century pursuits. The editor has proven first-class judgment in bringing jointly the various most vital works and printing them, for the main half, in unabridged shape. The texts were edited responsibly with emphasis on readability...Of exact curiosity in reference to Locke and with the reception of 'Descarte's Corpuscularianism', to scholars of the clinical Revolution and of the heritage of mechanical philosophy, and to these drawn to the family between technological know-how, philosophy, and faith. actually, given the imperfections in and unavailability of the eighteenth-century variants of Boyle's works, this assortment will gain a wide selection of seventeenth-century students' - Gary Hatfield, college of Pennsylvania.

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But I think riot the contemplation of qualities more noble and useful than I find it difficult; for what is wont to be taught us of qualities in the Schools is so slight and ill-grounded that it may be doubted whether they have not rather obscured than illustrated the things they should have explained. And I was quickly discouraged from expecting to learn much from them of the nature of divers particular qualities, when I found that, except some few which they tell you in general may be deduced (by ways they leave those to guess at that can) from those four qualities they are pleased to call the first, 0 they confess that the rest spring from those forms of bodies whose particular natures the judiciousest of them acknowledge they cannot comprehend.

Indeed all the editorial italics in this edition of The Excellency and Grounds are anticipated in the Latin version. It is not a crime to introduce such consistency and mark it ; it is only a crime to do it and keep quiet about it. In conformity with the editorial principle enunciated at the start of this section, I had to decide which would get more in the reader 's way - marked consistency or unmarked inconsistency. I took the flattering view that the modern reader expects higher standards of textual preparation than did Boyle's contemporaries, and the unflattering one that he will find enough unavoidable anomalies in Boyle's style not to wish to be faced with avoidable ones as well.

E. Loemker, 'Boyle and Leibniz ', ]ourtllJl of the History of Ideas 16 (1955ยป. Boyle 's professional acquaintance with Locke over a period of years is well documented, and most of the other prominent English philosophers of the later seventeenth century were also Fellows of the Royal Society. THE ORIGIN OF FORMS AND QUALITIES ACCORDING TO THE CORPUSCULAR PHILOSOPHY THE PROEMIAL DISCOURSE TO THE READERI As it is the part of a mineralist both to discover new mines, and to work those that are already discovered, by separating and melting the ores to reduce them into perfect metals,2 so I esteem that it becomes a naturalist not only to devise hypotheses and experiments, but to examine and improve those that are already found out.

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