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On Metaphysics and Method in Newton

Stein, Howard (2014) On Metaphysics and Method in Newton. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Descartes begins his philosophy with metaphysics; immediately
after the cogito, with God, upon whom, he maintains, all of his physics rests (and by whose guarantee it is true beyond a doubt). Newton introduces into the beginning of his natural philosophy only just that part of what I have called his metaphysics that he regards as (a) adequately supported by prior evidence, and (b) necessary for the development of physics. The rest, in so far as it appears at all in his scientific work, does so at the end of his works.


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Stein, Howard
Additional Information: Unpublished work posted with the permission of the author. See also the companion paper, `Further Considerations on Newton's Methods,' archived at http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/10633/.
Keywords: Newton, Descartes, Hooke, metaphysics, methodology, light, optics, color, colour
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Admin Bryan R
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 08:26
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 08:26
Item ID: 10631
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10631

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