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Newton's Metaphysics: Essays

Eric Schliesser


This collection of papers by a leading philosophical Newton scholar offers new interpretations of Newton’s account of space, gravity, motion, inertia, and laws—all evergreens in the literature. The volume also breaks new ground in focusing on Newton’s philosophy of time, Newton’s views on emanation, and Newton’s modal metaphysics. In addition, the volume is unique in exploring the very rich resonances between Newton’s and Spinoza’s metaphysics, including the ways in which Newton and his circles responded to the threat by, and possible accusation of, Spinozism. Seven chapters have been publishe ... More

Keywords: Newton’s metaphysics, Isaac Newton, Spinozism, modal metaphysics, scientific revolution, Samuel Clarke, philosophy of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197567692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197567692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Schliesser, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam