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Religion and Science from Galileo to Bergson

John Charlton Hardwick

1. Introductory
2. The Dissolution of the Old Synthesis
3. Growth of the Mechanical Theory
4. Seventeenth-Century Reactions
5. Rise of an Anti-Religious Science
6. Rise of German Idealism
7. The Romantic Movement
8. Mechanism and Life
9. Materialism and Agnosticism
10. Reactions in Philosophy
11. Some Recent Tendencies in Philosophy
12. Some Recent Tendencies in Science
13. Some Final Considerations

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This history of Western philosophy, published in 1920, explores the ways mankind has explained the natural world during the last few centuries, whether by spiritual interpretation or through advances in science. From the Preface: "The chapters which follow are not intended as even a slight sketch of the history of Thought since the Renaissance. Their object is more modest, i.e. to illustrate the thesis that mankind, being 'incurably religious,' insists (however hopeless the enterprise may sometimes seem) upon interpreting the universe spiritually."