The Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century brought many challenges to the traditional understanding of nature. Some thinkers rejected the thought of the past to embrace the new sciences of nature; others rejected the new philosophy in order to defend Aristotle. Others, such as Thomas White, sought to embrace both Aristotle and the new sciences. Even though he is a largely forgotten thinker in intellectual history, Thomas White was well-known in 17th Century Europe. A Catholic priest and prolific writer on natural philosophy, theology, and politics, White sought to provide a synthesis of Aristotle, Copernicanism, and atomism. Even though his project did not succeed, we can learn a lot from him about the major currents of thought in the 17th Century.
Christian Hellie, ’99 Sauk Centre, MN
Majors: MARS, History
Sponsor: William Carroll