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Newton and Empiricism

Zvi Biener and Eric Schliesser


This volume explores the nature and extent of Newton’s purported empiricism as well as his relationship to a variety of both later and earlier empiricisms and empiricists (Bacon, Boyle, Locke, Hume, s’ Gravesande, Mandeville, Pitcairne, Haller, Diderot, and others). Among the many significant contributions of the volume are: a detailed engagement with Newton’s optical writings and his use of experiment in optical contexts; a careful contextualization of Newton’s empirical methods and the science about causes against earlier and later natural philosophical methods; a critical analysis of the wa ... More

Keywords: Isaac Newton, empiricism, Opticks, David Hume, John Locke, astronomy, Francis Bacon, natural philosophy, Principia

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zvi Biener, editor
University of Cincinnati

Eric Schliesser, editor
Ghent University

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Zvi Biener and Eric Schliesser

Part One The Roots of Newton’s Experimental Method

Part Two Newton and “Empiricist” Philosophers

Part Three Newtonian Method in 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-Century Science

10 Closing the Loop

George E. Smith

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