Pieter Beck

Pieter Beck
Ghent University | UGhent · Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Pieter Beck (previously Present) is post-doctoral assistant at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences (Ghent University). His research is situated in the field of integrated history and philosophy of science (IHPS), with a focus on the history of science in the "long" 18th century. More specifically, his research deals with questions related to the nature of scientific practice, the role of experimentation, and the institutionalisation and teaching of science, especially chemistry.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
Ghent University
Position
  • Doctoral assistant
Education
January 2016 - October 2019
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Field of study
  • Philosophy and Moral Sciences
September 2014 - July 2015
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Teacher's Education
September 2013 - December 2014
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Postgraduate Studies in Logic, History and Philosophy of Science

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Publications (21)
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In this article, we discuss the development of the concept of a ‘law’ (of nature) in the work of the Dutch natural philosopher and experimenter Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692–1761). Since Van Musschenbroek is commonly described as one of the first ‘Newtonians’ on the Continent in the secondary literature, we focus more specifically on its relation...
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This chapter compares Robert Hooke’s views on the use of writing as an external memory with contemporary notions of extended and distributed cognition. The aim is not to portray Hooke as a proponent of these views avant la lettre , but to highlight certain interesting structural similarities and differences. Hooke believed that cognition could be e...
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In this article, I discuss a manuscript written by the Dutch natural philosopher and professor Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761), entitled ‘Advice on how the study of philosophy should be directed, read in the year 1730’ (‘Consilia de dirigendo Studio Philosophico. praelecta A° 1730’). I show how the text should be situated in the genre of ratio...
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Together with Willem Jacob ’s Gravesande (1688-1742), Pieter (Petrus) van Musschenbroek (1692-1761) was one of the first professors on the Continent to introduce a systematic teaching of the natural philosophical novelties found in Newton’s work into the university. Historians have therefore mostly been interested in van Musschenbroek in the contex...
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In this article, I discuss manuscript material written by Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692–1761) related to his first experiments with the Leiden jar. Despite the importance of the discovery of the Leiden jar for the history of electricity and the questions that still surround its discovery, a detailed treatment of this manuscript material is lacking...
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In this paper, I discuss Petrus van Musschenbroek’s (1692-1761) philosophy and practice of experimentation. In the current literature, van Musschenbroek is mostly mentioned for his “discovery” of the Leiden jar or in the context of his role in the spread of Newton’s ideas on the Continent. In his own time, van Musschenbroek was a well-known natural...
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In this paper, I will discuss van Petrus van Musschenbroek’s (1692-1761) philosophy of science and more particularly his views on the exemplary status of chemistry. Throughout his oeuvre, van Musschenbroek reflected on the nature of and the proper method for “experimental philosophy”. Characteristic for van Musschenbroek’s philosophy of science are...
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This draft contains material pertaining to a manuscript written by the university professor Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761) in which he gives his students advice on what and how to study. The manuscript can be found in the special collections section of the Leiden University Library (Bibliotheca Publica Latina, 240.30). In this draft, I discus...
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Following the example of Newton, the Dutch natural philosopher and professor Petrus van Musschenbroek emphasised the indispensable role of mathematics in the practice of physics. At the same time, van Musschenbroek also warned that one should be conscious of the difference between physical demonstrations and the “pure demonstrations” provided in ma...
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Teaching is an important aspect of scientific practice. However, it has only recently become the subject of detailed historical and philosophical analyses. In this paper, I argue that Joseph Rouse’s philosophy of scientific practice has important implications for the study of scientific education. Rouse’s dynamic conception of scientific knowledge...
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In this presentation, I will give an analysis of Petrus van Musschenbroek's (1692-1761) views on the nature and role of experiments. I will give special attention to the relation between his views on experiments and his views on laws of nature and causes. At several places in his oeuvre, van Musschenbroek explicitly states that the search for cause...
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As “Curator of Experiments” for the early Royal Society, Robert Hooke (1635-1703), embodied the Baconian ideal of natural science. He tirelessly collected observations, devised and performed experiments, and invented or improved scientific instruments. Along with his practical engagements, Hooke also developed his own theories on phenomena ranging...
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The Dutch Republic played an important role in the dissemination of Newton’s philosophy. There, it found its earliest proponents, who were instrumental in the spread of his ideas on the continent. One of these figures was Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761), who took up professorships at the universities of Duisburg, Utrecht, and Leiden. In a lett...
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The Dutch Republic played an important role in the dissemination of Newton’s philosophy. There, it found its earliest proponents, who were instrumental in the spread of the Newton’s ideas on the continent. One of these figures was Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761), who during his life took up professorships at the universities of Utrecht and Lei...
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In this paper, I discuss Petrus van Musschenbroek’s (1692-1761) defence of Newton’s experimental philosophy, in relation to his views on natural laws and their dependence on the power and will of God. At the time van Musschenbroek started his academic career, several universities in the Dutch Republic had been plagued by intellectual and institutio...
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In this paper, I discuss Pieter van Musschenbroek’s (1692-1761) defence of Newton’s experimental philosophy, in relation to his views on natural laws and their dependence on the power and will of God. At the time van Musschenbroek started his academic career, several universities in the Dutch Republic had been plagued by intellectual and institutio...
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In this paper, I will discuss the development of the concept of ‘laws of nature’ in the work of Petrus Van Musschenbroek (1692-1761) in relation to his methodological and theological views. In Van Musschenbroek’s works, the discussion of his conception of ‘laws of nature’ is mostly accompanied by a criticism of Cartesian natural philosophy. As thes...
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In the Preface to Micrographia (1665) Robert Hooke presents his own "universal cure of the mind", which consists in "[t]he addition of such artificial instruments and methods [by which] there may be, in some manner, a reparation made for the mischiefs, and imperfection, mankind has drawn upon it self." In this presentation I will discuss the role t...

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