Newton’s Challenge to Philosophy: A Programmatic Essay

@article{Schliesser2011NewtonsCT,
  title={Newton’s Challenge to Philosophy: A Programmatic Essay},
  author={E. Schliesser},
  journal={HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={1},
  pages={101 - 128}
}
  • E. Schliesser
  • Published 2011
  • Philosophy
  • HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
I identify a set of interlocking views that became (and still are) very influential within philosophy in the wake of Newton’s success. These views use the authority of natural philosophy/mechanics to settle debates within philosophy. I label these “Newton’s Challenge.” 
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