Scientific Revolution in the 17th century
Scientific Revolution in the 17th Century
Century Europe and how it marked a departure from ancient and medieval philosophy.
During the seventeenth century, the scientific revolution brought about significant changes and an emergence of modern science during this period. With scientific revolution, there was a greater understanding of the physical world as well as the natural man. Primarily being an epistemological revolution, the scientific revolution played a crucial part in changing the thought process of man, and is therefore also regard to as an intellectual revolution. As a result of the scientific revolution, press printing allowed people to read for themselves for the first time, which helped in changing their process of thought. This not only led them to feel the need to explain the nature of the world around them as well as human nature, but also to question their religious leaders and philosopher. Scientific revolution therefore overturned not only the authority of the church, but also that of intellects such as Aristotle, Galen and Ptolemy. With the people able to read and question medieval philosophy, they found out that experimentation that the revolution had brought proved more favorable and reliable enough and thus abandoned the medieval scientific philosophy, which was not founded on valid methods and experiments.