II. The New Philosophy and the Death of Nature

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw a competition between three philosophies of nature, which provide the a context for Goethe's Faust as well as for his approach to nature and philosophy of science.  I will refer to these as the Aristotelian-Thomistic cosmology, the magical philosophy, and the mechanical philosophy.

A. The Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy

B. The Magical Philosophy

C. The Mechanical Philosophy

D. Social Factors

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