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Newton’s Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Andrew Janiak on July 14, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727) lived in a philosophically tumultuous time. He witnessed the end of the Aristotelian dominance of philosophy in Europe, the rise and fall of Cartesianism, the emergence of "experimental philosophy," and the development of numerous experimental and mathematical methods for the study of nature. Indeed, he helped to develop many of those methods. Newton's contributions to mathematics - including the co-discovery with G.W. Leibniz of what we now call the calculus - and to what is now...

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