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Absolute TimeRifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics$
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Emily Thomas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198807933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198807933.001.0001

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Space and Time in Isaac Barrow

Space and Time in Isaac Barrow

A Modal Relationist Metaphysic

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(p.68) 4 Space and Time in Isaac Barrow
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Absolute Time
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Emily Thomas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807933.003.0005

This chapter explores Isaac Barrow’s account of time and space. Barrow’s account is important, partly because it is often argued to be one of the sources that Newton drew on in constructing his absolutism. Although Barrow is usually read as a pre-Newtonian absolutist, this chapter argues that Barrow is in fact a modal relationist, identifying space and time with the relational modes of bodies. This new reading entails that Barrow’s account of time may not have played as large a role in the development of Newton’s work as has been thought, but it also raises the possibility that Leibniz drew on Barrow’s relationism.

Keywords:   Isaac Barrow, time, space, relationism, Newtonian, Leibniz

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