Companion to the Philosophy of Science by W. H. Newton-Smith

By W. H. Newton-Smith

Unequalled within the caliber of its world-renowned individuals, this significant other serves as either a path textual content and a reference booklet around the large spectrum of problems with main issue to the philosophy of technological know-how.

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61 Even more than their training in producing and sewing luxury fabrics, however, the musical education of aristocratic daughters was an accomplishment that marked their high status. Although music was closely associated with the culture of the early Tudor court, playing musical instruments and patronizing musicians spread far beyond the royal family. Wills and inventories reveal that many aristocratic women learned to play the lute and virginals. 66 In a society in which illiteracy was widespread, particularly among women, they clearly benefited from their position as members of a privileged elite.

Although most aristocratic daughters remained at home until they were adolescents, a tiny number lived at court or in the households of the king's relatives and favorites. What parents thought about the effect of these moves on their daughters is unclear, but they apparently could not resist the opportunity of securing royal patronage for them, especially assistance in arranging their marriages. 39 After the birth of Edward VI, the chance of a royal marriage inevitably sparked the imaginations of ambitious families with good connections at court.

52 This change probably had little effect on most aristocratic women because so much of the land owned by members of their class was already enfeoffed. 54 Among the aristocracy, however, the jointure was the conventional way of providing for widows for at least threequarters of a century before passage of this bill. 56 As yet, however, there is no systematic or large-scale study either supporting or disproving this assertion. In addition to its material and legal foundations, the patriarchal regime that framed aristocratic women's lives rested on an ideology rooted in Christianity, the classics, and contemporary science.

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