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Une métaphysique de la méthode chez Charles Bonnet

ContributorsRatcliff, Marc
Published inCharles Bonnet savant et philosophe (1720-1793), Editors Marino Buscaglia, René Sigrist, Jacques Trembley, Jean Wüest, p. 51-60
Presented at Actes du Colloque international de Genève, Genève, 25-27 novembre 1993
PublisherGenève : Editions Passé Présent
Publication date1994

Based on a series of quotations taken from the correspondence between the Bernese physiologist Albrecht von Haller and the Geneva naturalist Charles Bonnet, this article analyzes the project of the art of observation, one of the main themes running through Charles Bonnet's multidisciplinary work. It shows that the art of observation, as a theory of experimental methodology, was linked to psychology, focusing in particular on the capacity for attention. Behind attention, however, lies a metaphysical conception of freedom and will: it is because nature is the reflection of divine will that man can read and understand the book of nature.

  • Charles Bonnet
  • Eighteenth century science
  • History of psychology
  • History of method
  • Albrecht von Haller
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RATCLIFF, Marc. Une métaphysique de la méthode chez Charles Bonnet. In: Charles Bonnet savant et philosophe (1720-1793). Genève. Genève : Editions Passé Présent, 1994. p. 51–60.
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