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The challenge to the establishment now came from ‘the new philosophy’, in other words from what we call ‘science’. T H E SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION The so-called ‘new philosophy’, ‘natural philosophy’ or ‘mechanical philosophy’ of the seventeenth century was an even more self18 19 20 Beetley (1983), 70–111. Lunsingh Scheurleer and Posthumus Meyes (1975); Wansink (1975). Fletcher (1981); Giard (1983–5); Riiegg (1992), 456–9; Pedersen (1996). INSTITUTIONS OLD AND NEW 39 conscious process of intellectual innovation than the Renaissance, since it involved the rejection of classical as well as medieval traditions, including a world-view based on the ideas of Aristotle and Ptolemy.

Despite these assumptions, debate was encouraged, especially the formal ‘disputation’, an adversarial system like a court of law in which different individuals defended or opposed a particular ‘thesis’. The example of Thomas Aquinas is a reminder that it was possible for ‘moderns’ to become authorities in their turn, even if Aquinas did this by producing a synthesis of elements from different traditions rather than by offering something completely new. The strength of the opposition to Aquinas’s use of the pagan thinker Aristotle in his discussion of theology shows how mistaken it would be to describe these institutions purely in terms of intellectual consensus.

Bayle was a • French Calvinist professor who emigrated to the Dutch Republic to escape the persecution of the Protestants by the regime of Louis XIV. He taught at Rotterdam for a time but then turned to writing for a living. 35 Like Bayle, a number of Calvinist pastors also emigrated from France at this point, following the revocation in 1685 of the royal edict which had allowed Protestants freedom of worship. Discovering that the supply of Calvinist clergy exceeded the demand for pastors and preachers, some of them turned to the profession of letters and in particular to the periodical press (below, chapter 7).

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