Newton

2015.09.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Janiak, Newton, Wiley Blackwell, 2015, 203pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781405187282. Reviewed by Ori Belkind, Tel Aviv
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2015.09.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Janiak, Newton, Wiley Blackwell, 2015, 203pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781405187282. Reviewed by Ori Belkind, Tel Aviv University Andrew Janiak's book is part of the Blackwell Great Minds series. His aim is to present Newton as a natural philosopher, and the content of Newton's science is mostly absent from the book except when it becomes relevant for understanding Newton's philosophical approach. Janiak is a natural choice for the series as he is an important contributor to a recent renaissance of scholarship about Newton. To bolster Newton's place as a "thinker", Janiak argues in Chapter 2, perhaps somewhat apologetically, that we ought to think of Newton as a natural philosopher rather than a scientist. Janiak claims that the criterion for distinguishing the two can be taken from Kuhn's sociology of knowledge. A scientist is someone who works within an agreed set of methods, doctrines... . . .

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