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“The main Business of natural Philosophy”

Isaac Newton’s Natural-Philosophical Methodology

Authors: Ducheyne, Steffen

  • Contains many previously unpublished transcriptions from Newton's private manuscripts
  • Thoroughly based on a careful study of Newton's manuscripts
  • A combination of detailed historical research cum philosophical-systematic explication of Newton's methodology. Therefore, it will attract historians and philosophers of science.
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About this book

In this monograph, Steffen Ducheyne provides a historically detailed and systematically rich explication of Newton’s methodology. Throughout the pages of this book, it will be shown that Newton developed a complex natural-philosophical methodology which encompasses procedures to minimize inductive risk during the process of theory formation and which, thereby, surpasses a standard hypothetico-deductive methodological setting. Accordingly, it will be highlighted that the so-called ‘Newtonian Revolution’ was not restricted to the empirical and theoretical dimensions of science, but applied equally to the methodological dimension of science. Furthermore, it will be documented that Newton’s methodology was far from static and that it developed alongside with his scientific work. Attention will be paid not only to the successes of Newton’s innovative methodology, but equally to its tensions and limitations. Based on a thorough study of Newton’s extant manuscripts, this monograph will address and contextualize, inter alia, Newton’s causal realism, his views on action at a distance and space and time, the status of efficient causation in the /Principia/, the different phases of his methodology, his treatment of force and the constituents of the physico-mathematical models in the context of Book I of the /Principia/, the analytic part of the argument for universal gravitation, the meaning and significance of his regulae philosophandi, the methodological differences between his mechanical and optical work, and, finally, the interplay between Newton’s theology and his natural philosophy.

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“This new study by Steffen Ducheyne … focuses more on Newton’s natural philosophy. This marks a further advance of our understanding of this important subject, and Ducheyne is to be congratulated for discovering something new, and important, to say about a figure whose work has generated a veritable scholarly industry. … this is a major and important contribution to this field.” (John Henry, Science & Education, May, 2012)


Table of contents (1 chapters)

  • Newton and Causes: Something Borrowed and Something New

    Steffen Ducheyne

    Pages 3-52

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eBook $199.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-2126-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-2125-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3721-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
“The main Business of natural Philosophy”
Book Subtitle
Isaac Newton’s Natural-Philosophical Methodology
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2126-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2126-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2125-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3721-1
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 354
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