Boyle, Robert


Robert Boyle (1627–1691) was a British natural philosopher who pioneered systematic experimentation, using it to vindicate his corpuscularian view of nature. Boyle also argued influentially for the usefulness of science, and reflected deeply on epistemological issues arising from science and on the relations of science and religion.

Keywords: experiment; corpuscularianism; alchemy; utility; design argument

Figure 1.

Boyle. Mezzontint by John Faber the younger of the bust of Boyle by Giovanni Battista Guelfi which was installed in Queen Caroline's hermitage in Richmond Park in 1733.


Further Reading

Boyle R (1996) A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature. Davis EB and Hunter M (eds) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boyle R (1999–2000) The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. Hunter M and Davis EB (eds) London: Pickering & Chatto.

Frank RG (1980) Harvey and the Oxford Physiologists: A Study of Scientific Ideas and Social Interaction. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Hunter M (2000) Robert Boyle: Scrupulosity and Science. Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

Hunter M (2009) Boyle: Between God and Science. New Haven/London: Yale University Press.

Hunter M (ed.) (1994) Robert Boyle Reconsidered. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Principe LM (1998) The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Shapin S and Schaffer S (1985) Leviathan and the Air‐Pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the Experimental Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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Hunter, Michael(Sep 2011) Boyle, Robert. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002372.pub2]