Tammy Nyden

Affiliation: 

Grimell College, USA

An Aristotelian and Cartesian Walk into a Physics Theatre: The Story of Senguerd and de Volder

We all know the story, that of Scholastics stubbornly clinging to their Aristotelian assumption that the world is as it appears, of taking scientia to be a matter of explaining why it is such by describing its causes. We all know another story, that of Cartesians asserting that the senses do not tell us what the world is really like and taking scientia to be a project of deducing phenomena from first principles. Neither of these stories made room for experiment. In the first case, experiment was not needed since the world, as it is, was taken to be known immediately through the senses.