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Hume’s Newtonianism and Anti-Newtonianism

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[Revised entry by Eric Schliesser and Tamás Demeter on April 21, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] David Hume's philosophy, especially the positive project of his "science of man", is often thought to be modeled on Newton's successes in natural philosophy. Hume's self-described "experimental method" (see the subtitle to Treatise) and the resemblance of his "rules of reasoning" (THN 1.3.15)[1] with Newton's are said to be evidence for this position (Noxon...

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