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Cotes’ Queries: Newton’s Empiricism and Conceptions of Matter

@inproceedings{Biener2009CotesQN,
  title={Cotes’ Queries: Newton’s Empiricism and Conceptions of Matter},
  author={Zvi Biener and Christopher Smeenk},
  year={2009}
}
We argue that a conflict between two conceptions of “quantity of matter” employed in a corollary to proposition 6 of Book III of the Principia illustrates a deeper conflict between Newton’s view of the nature of extended bodies and the concept of mass appropriate for the theoretical framework of the Principia. We trace Newton’s failure to recognize the conflict to the fact that he allowed for the justification of natural philosophical claims by two types of a posteriori, empiricist… Expand
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