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date: 18 October 2019

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This chapter examines the contribution of philosopher Isaac Newton to early modern British philosophy, whose work, it suggests, can be divided into several stages. These include his works on mathematics in the 1660s, experimental optics in the 1670s, natural philosophy and the publication of his Principia mathematica in the 1680s, and his friendship and philosophical exchanges with other philosophers, including John Locke, G.W. Leibniz, and Richard Bentley in the 1690s. The chapter also highlights the influence of Locke and Francis Bacon on the works of Newton.

Keywords: Isaac Newton, British philosophy, mathematics, experimental optics, natural philosophy, Principia mathematica, John Locke, G.W. Leibniz, Richard Bentley, Francis Bacon

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