Newtonianism and religion in the Netherlands

  title={Newtonianism and religion in the Netherlands},
  author={E.G.E. Wall},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Science},
  • E.G.E. Wall
  • Published 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Abstract In the early eighteenth century Newtonianism became popular in the Netherlands both in academic (Boerhaave, ’sGravesande, Van Musschenbroek) and non-academic circles. The ‘Book of Nature’ was interpreted with the help of Newton’s natural philosophy and his ideas about a providential deity, thereby greatly enhancing the attractiveness of physico-theology in the eighteenth-century United Provinces. Like other Europeans the Dutch welcomed physico-theology as a strategic means in their… Expand
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