Newton as philosopher


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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Janiak, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 196

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780521862868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9780511481512

Citation Source

  • Scopus