- List of Abbreviations
- Notes on Contributors
- Becoming a Philosopher in Seventeenth-Century Britain
- Francis Bacon
- Robert Boyle
- Isaac Newton
- The Reception of Cartesianism
- Observation and Mathematics
- The Status of Theory and Hypotheses
- Substance and Essence
- The Nature of Body
- The Theory of Material Qualities
- Theories of Generation and Form
- Soul and Body
- John Locke on the Understanding
- Probable Opinion
- Logic and Demonstrative Knowledge
- Will and Motivation
- Hedonism and Virtue
- Passions and Affections
- Natural Law and Natural Rights
- Women, Freedom, and Equality
- Thomas Hobbes’ <i>Leviathan</i>
- John Locke’s <i>Two Treatises of Government</i>
- The Origin and Development of Property: Conventionalism, Unilateralism, and Colonialism
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Andrew Janiak is the Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, where he directs the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Before coming to Duke in 2002, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dibner Institute at MIT, and received his PhD from Indiana University. He is the author of Newton as Philosopher (Cambridge University Press, 2008), the co-editor, with Eric Schliesser, of Interpreting Newton: Critical Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and the editor of Newton: Philosophical Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
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