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Tradition and Innovation : Newton's Metaphysics of Nature - James E. McGuire

Tradition and Innovation

Newton's Metaphysics of Nature

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1995
ISBN: 9780792336174
Number Of Pages: 292

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There is a thematic unity to these essays on Newton's thought: they are concerned with the central categories of Newton's metaphysics of nature (matter, causation, force, space, time) and the ways in which Newton's work relates to cultural themes such as providence and creation. Focusing on questions of tradition and innovation and Newton's engaged response to the broader patterns of his contemporary culture, they present a unified, interpretive stance that often challenges the scholarly orthodoxies. The essays contain a large body of unpublished manuscript material that is related exegetically to the corpus of Newton's published writings. Accordingly, they provide a fresh basis for understanding and clarifying the inner dynamics of Newton's thought. Audience: Historians, philosophers and sociologists of early modern thought, and those who have an interest in the intellectual achievements of Isaac Newton.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Existence, Actuality and Necessity: Newton on Space and Timep. 1
Atoms and the 'Analogy of Nature': Newton's Third Rule of Philosophizingp. 52
Body and Void and Newton's De Mundi Systemate: Some New Sourcesp. 103
Space, Geometrical Objects and Infinity: Newton and Descartes on Extensionp. 151
Force, Active Principles, and Newton's Invisible Realmp. 190
The Origin of Newton's Doctrine of Essential Qualitiesp. 239
Transmutation and Immutability: Newton's Doctrine of Physical Qualitiesp. 262
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780792336174
ISBN-10: 0792336178
Series: The Western Ontario Philosophy of Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 31st October 1995
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61

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