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Newton's metaphysics : essays

Author: Eric Schliesser
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this collection of new and previously published essays, noted philosopher Eric Schliesser offers new interpretations of the signifance of Isaac Newton's metaphysics on his physics and the subsequent development of philosophy more broadly. Schliesser address Newton's account of space, time, gravity, motion, inertia, and laws-all evergreens in the literature; he also breaks new ground in focusing on Newton's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Newton; Benedictus de Spinoza; Isaac Newton; Benedictus de Spinoza; Isaac Newton; Benedictus de Spinoza
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Schliesser
ISBN: 9780197567692 019756769X
OCLC Number: 1268276840
Description: xv, 306 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Without God : gravity as a relational quality of matter in Newton's treatise --
Newton's substance monism, distant action, and the nature of Newton's empiricism --
Postscript to Chapter 2. On reading Newton as an Epicurean : Kant, Spinozism, and changes to the Principia --
Newton and Spinoza : on motion and matter (and God, of course) with Mary Domski --
Newtonian emanation, Spinozism, measurement and the Baconian origins of the laws of nature --
The certainty, modality, and grounding of Newton's laws with Zvi Biener --
Newton's philosophy of time --
Postscript to Chapter 7. Newton's modal metaphysics and polemics with Spinozism in the "General Scholium" --
The Posidonian argument : the presupposition of design in natural philosophy.
Responsibility: Eric Schliesser.

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"In this collection of new and previously published essays, noted philosopher Eric Schliesser offers new interpretations of the signifance of Isaac Newton's metaphysics on his physics and the subsequent development of philosophy more broadly. Schliesser address Newton's account of space, time, gravity, motion, inertia, and laws-all evergreens in the literature; he also breaks new ground in focusing on Newton's philosophy of time, Newton's views on emanation, and Newton's modal metaphysics. In particular, Schliesser explores the rich resonances between Newton's and Spinoza's metaphysics. Schliesser presents a new argument of the ways in which Newton and his circle respond to the treatment and accusations of Spinozism, illuminating both the details of Newton's metaphysics and the content of Spinoza's. Schliesser provides a fine-grained analysis of some of the key metaphysical concepts in Newton's physics, including controversial interpretations of Newton's ideas on space, time, inertia, and necessity. Schliesser restates his provocative interpretation of Newton's views on action at a distance as he was developing the Principia. Newton's Metaphysics contains a substantive introduction, two chapters co-authored with Zvi Biener and with Mary Domski, new chapters on Newton's modal metaphysics and his theology, and two postscripts in which Schliesser responds to some of his most important critics, including Katherine Brading, Andrew Janiak, Hylarie Kochiras, Steffen Ducheyne, and Adwait Parker. The collection presents new and varied analyses on familiar focuses of Newton's work, adding important perspectives to the recent revival of interest in Spinoza's metaphysics"--

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In this wonderful collection of essays, Eric Schliesser embarks on an ambitious and long-awaited intellectual project: charting the complex and subtle nuances of the metaphysical view underpinning Read more...

 
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