Tradition and Innovation: Newton's Metaphysics of Nature / Edition 1

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There is a thematic unity to these essays on Newton's thought: they are concerned with the central categories of Newton's metaphysics of nature (matter, causation, force, space, time) and the ways in which Newton's work relates to cultural themes such as providence and creation. Focusing on questions of tradition and innovation and Newton's engaged response to the broader patterns of his contemporary culture, they present a unified, interpretive stance that often challenges the scholarly orthodoxies.
The essays contain a large body of unpublished manuscript material that is related exegetically to the corpus of Newton's published writings. Accordingly, they provide a fresh basis for understanding and clarifying the inner dynamics of Newton's thought.
Audience: Historians, philosophers and sociologists of early modern thought, and those who have an interest in the intellectual achievements of Isaac Newton.
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Essays explore the central categories of Newton's metaphysics of nature, focusing on his views on concepts such as matter, causation, force, space, and time, and the ways in which his work relates to cultural themes such as providence and creation, drawing on well-known and lesser-known texts published by Newton in his lifetime and on unpublished manuscripts. Subjects include body and void and Newton's De Mundi Systemate; Newton and Descartes on extension; force, active principles, and Newton's invisible realm; and the origin of Newton's doctrine of essential qualities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Introduction: Tradition and Innovation. 1. Existence, actuality and necessity: Newton on space and time. 2. Atoms and the 'analogy of nature': Newton's third rule of philosophizing. 3. Body and void and Newton's De Mundi Systemate: some new sources. 4. Space, geometrical objects and infinity: Newton and Descartes on extension. 5. Force, active principles, and Newton's invisible realm. 6. The origin of Newton's doctrine of essential qualities. 7. Transmutation and immutability: Newton's doctrine of physical qualities.

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