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Tradition and Innovation

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In my early years I was constituted in the exacting imperatives of philosophical analysis. That stern face is present in the compo... Weiterlesen
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In my early years I was constituted in the exacting imperatives of philosophical analysis. That stern face is present in the composition of the Newton essays chosen here for republication. It is my hope that potential readers will be patient with the old Adam of analysis, and seize the portrait of Newton's intellec tual world presented in these essays. It is gratifying for me to acknowledge the encouragement of Robert Butts and John Nicholas of the University of Western Ontario, intellectual comrades in arms. It was at Western that I began my intellectual journey, and many of the present members of the Philosophy Department remain my friends and mentors. I thank also Marta Spranzi Zuber who long ago believed in the merit of my Newton scholarship. But most important to me is the sustaining encouragement of Professor Barbara Tuchanska, who shares my vision of the historicity of scientific thought. It is a pleasure to express my gratitude for membership, over twenty years, in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. It is the mecca for one who seeks to understand. J. E.


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 The essays contain a large body of unpublished manuscript material that is related exegetically to the corpus of Newton's published writings.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.


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.


Titel: Tradition and Innovation
Untertitel: Newton's Metaphysics of Nature
EAN: 9789401072076
ISBN: 9401072078
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Netherlands
Anzahl Seiten: 312
Gewicht: 501g
Größe: H240mm x B160mm x T16mm
Jahr: 2011
Auflage: 1995

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