In light of this week’s readings, I support Shapin’ statement because there are exists explanation of the nature of scientific revolution. Some theories including psychologists have questioned the actual existence and occurrence of scientific revolution (Shapin, 2008). In spite of all, I think Shapin’s arguments comprises of some merit from a psychological perspective. This is because it is normal for history and science to undergo changes. For instance, it relates to the common idea of Kuhn that even mature natural sciences underwent advanced conceptual change that stimulates interests in science. This is a major challenge to the common perception of scientific revolution full of innovation and scientific transformation (Shapin, 2009). Most importantly, Shapin argued that no scientist or scholar has been able to capture a 150-year work in an acceptable characterization changes in the theory of methods and practices.
The traditional philosophy recognizes the importance of natural magic in the scientific revolution. Natural magic introduced different approaches and procedures to refine the earlier rationalism. Thus, it is clear that natural magic and alchemy guided in the development of science. Hermes Trismegistus is one of the ancient Greeks who practiced magical traditions (Bernal, 2012). Most specifically, they gave lead to the legitimacy and intellectual capability of the natural magic. In the middle Ages period, the church condemned the practice of the magic in the society by terming them to be demonic intervention. However, the Hermetic writings revealed that the natural magic comprised of a powerful system of knowledge and skills that could only be exploited through natural abilities (Kuhn, 2012). The argument seeks to recover the dominance that was enjoyed by Adam in the Garden of Eden. The intellectual capabilities of mathematics and natural magic have been overwhelming to gain strong grounds in the scientific revolution. Therefore, the natural magic forms a strong foundation in the creation of new intellectual capacity and scientific revolution.
Bernal, J. D. (2012). Science in history: Volume 1: The emergence of science. London, UK: Faber & Faber.
Kuhn, T. S. (2012). The structure of scientific revolutions. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago press.
Shapin, S. (2008). 18 Science and the Modern World. The handbook of science and technology studies, 433.
Shapin, S. (2009). The scientific life: A moral history of a late modern vocation. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.