Three principles of unity in Newton


Journal Article

I discuss three principles of unity available in Newton's physics, appealing to space and time, causal interaction, and law-constitution respectively. I compare these three approaches with respect to aggregation (how a collection of entities can compose a whole) and multiplicity (how the world as a whole can contain a multiplicity of genuine unities), outlining the problems faced by the first two approaches and arguing that the third looks a promising candidate for further philosophical investigation. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brading, K

Published Date

  • September 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 408 - 415

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-2510

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-3681

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.10.005

Citation Source

  • Scopus