Newton as Philosopher

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Overview

This book presents Newton as an original and sophisticated contributor to natural philosophy, one who engaged with the principal ideas of his most important predecessor, Rene Descartes, and of his most influential critic, G. W. Leibniz. 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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521862868
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Janiak is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Duke University. He is editor of Newton: Philosophical Writings (2004).

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Table of Contents

Note on texts and translations

1 Newton as philosopher, the very idea 1

2 Physics and metaphysics: three interpretations 11

3 Do forces exist? contesting the mechanical philosophy, I 50

4 Matter and mechanism: contesting the mechanical philosophy, II 87

5 Space in physics and metaphysics: contra Descartes 130

6 God and natural philosophy 163

Bibliography 179

Index 190

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