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1. Experience versus authority in the 17th century

The epistemological assumption that knowledge of the natural world (Nature) should not only be compatible with our experiences of the world, but also should be based upon those experiences became characteristic of the new philosophies of the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries (Epistemology).

The natural philosophy of the Middle Ages claimed experience as the proper…

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Henry, John, “Experience”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018875>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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