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Newton as Philosopher

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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521172448

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  • Newton's philosophical views are unique and uniquely difficult to categorise. In the course of a long career from the early 1670s until his death in 1727, he articulated profound responses to Cartesian natural philosophy and to the prevailing mechanical philosophy of his day. Newton as Philosopher presents Newton as an original and sophisticated contributor to natural philosophy, one who engaged with the principal ideas of his most important predecessor, René Descartes, and of his most influential critic, G. W. Leibniz. Unlike Descartes and Leibniz, Newton was systematic and philosophical without presenting a philosophical system, but over the course of his life, he developed a novel picture of nature, our place within it, and its relation to the creator. This rich treatment of his philosophical ideas, the first in English for thirty years, will be of wide interest to historians of philosophy, science, and ideas.

    • The full-length treatment of Newton's philosophical ideas
    • A detailed exposition of the difficult concepts in Newton's natural philosophy
    • Suitable for graduate students of early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of science and Newton
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    "According to Janiak, Newton's rejection of the prevailing mechanist views was not merely an attempt to transform traditional metaphysical issues, such as the nature of matter or space and time, into empirical ones, but also a matter of securing a proper understanding of these physical concepts in relation to God. This is a very fine book...Summing up: Recommended"
    D.B. Boersema, Pacific University, Choice

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521172448
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Notes on text and translations
    1. Newton as philosopher, the very idea
    2. Physics and metaphysics: three interpretations
    3. Do forces exist? Contesting the mechanical philosophy, I
    4. Matter and mechanism: contesting the mechanical philosophy, II
    5. Space in physics and metaphysics: contra Descartes
    6. God and natural philosophy
    Bibliography
    index.

  • Author

    Andrew Janiak, Duke University, North Carolina

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