from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of nature and the physical universe before the advent of modern science.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. originally, the study of nature in general; the natural sciences; in modern usage, that branch of physical science, commonly called physics, which treats of the phenomena and laws of matter and considers those effects only which are unaccompanied by any change of a chemical nature; -- contrasted with
mental philosophyand moral philosophy.
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- n. the science of matter and energy and their interactions
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In Jandun, the status of natural philosophy is also raised, as in Buridan, to that of an independent, objec - tive description of nature.
Benedictine and in 1737 was appointed professor of natural philosophy in the University of Erfurt.
The novel views of Boscovich in the domain of natural philosophy have not, up to the present time, passed unchallenged, even on the part of
Meanwhile it is not surprising if the growth of natural philosophy is checked when religion, the thing which has most power over men's minds, has by the simpleness and incautious zeal of certain persons been drawn to take part against her.
Faucon, in which he became professor of natural philosophy in 1772.
These studies in optics and this correspondence with the learned Kepler indicate Hariot's great advancement in natural philosophy as early as 1606 to 1609 and give an earnest of his inventive genius and scientific enterprise with his telescope in the astronomical discoveries which immediately followed in 1609 to 1613.
It is, in fact, only in the section on natural philosophy in the Book of Heal - ing that the study of all the three kingdoms, carried out so brilliantly in the case of animals and plants by
Therapy fell into the hands of physicians who treated by means of diet, and who became interested in natural philosophy (De medicina, prooemium, 1-5 and 9).
In natural philosophy she would adore the infinite majesty of heaven, clothed in condescension; and as she traversed the reptile world, she would hail the goodness of a creating God.
When we compare the probable philosophical theses of Siger and Buridan, the major difference we discover is the growth in Buridan of a natural philosophy inde - pendent of Aristotle.