"God of Gods, and Lord of Lords": The Theology of Isaac Newton's General Scholium to the Principia

  title={"God of Gods, and Lord of Lords": The Theology of Isaac Newton's General Scholium to the Principia},
  author={Stephen D. Snobelen},
  pages={169 - 208}
Cet article presente d'abord un resume de l'apologetique presente dans le scholium general des Principia Mathematica de Newton. L'auteur met ensuite en lumiere la presentation de Dieu dans ce meme ouvrage et propose de comparer la relation entre les archives personnelles de Newton et l'expression publique de sa foi dans le scholium general. L'interaction entre la theologie de Newton et sa philosophie naturelle est ensuite discutee ainsi que les implications de la presence d'arguments heretiques… 
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