Free Capitalist Network - Community Archive
Mises Community Archive
An online community for fans of Austrian economics and libertarianism, featuring forums, user blogs, and more.

The Scientific Revolution

rated by 0 users
Not Answered This post has 0 verified answers | 2 Replies | 2 Followers

Top 500 Contributor
232 Posts
Points 4,905
fegeldolfy posted on Mon, Oct 29 2012 7:03 PM

In my Eng 101 class (I'm doing a program through my high school in which you go to community college for part of the day) we are discussing various theories about human origins. For the quarter we are to write 3 essays. The first essay was on creation stories, e.g. Abrahamic, Hindu, Babylonian, etc. The second, which was assigned today, is on the scientific revolution. 

The readings we did for the scientific revolution include Lucretius's De Rerum Natura and some stuff by Descartes. Here is the basic assignment for the paper:

What do you think of the Scientific Revolution? Was it a good or bad thing for humanity? What long and short term effects did it have?

Now, I know, mainly from reading Tom Woods' work on the Catholic Church that, contrary to popular belief, the Middle Ages were not a time of superstition and the suppression of science.

What I'm wondering is if anyone here knows of other sources I should look at for my paper? I know this isn't a history forum, but the people here are obviously quite smart, so I'm sure you guys know a bit about the scientific revolution.


All Replies

Top 75 Contributor
1,612 Posts
Points 29,515

Francis Bacon (his views on "the political dangers of scientific progress" - at JSTOR, the advancement of learning, and his essay Daedelus), Rousseau (First Discourse = on the Arts and Sciences)

"The Fed does not make predictions. It makes forecasts..." - Mustang19
  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
2,258 Posts
Points 34,610

Try Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane, she has whole chapters on the Saracens and their contribution (if not origination) of the Enlightenment period in Europe.

It's a major shame that most people have no clue either who the Saracens are or the Bizantines, considering that virtually everything we think of as modern and Western came from there.

Autarchy: rule of the self by the self; the act of self ruling.
  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (3 items) | RSS