Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Atom and Individual in the Age of Newton

On the Genesis of the Mechanistic World View

Authors: Freudenthal, Gideon

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In this stimulating investigation, Gideon Freudenthal has linked social history with the history of science by formulating an interesting proposal: that the supposed influence of social theory may be seen as actual through its co­ herence with the process of formation of physical concepts. The reinterpre­ tation of the development of science in the seventeenth century, now widely influential, receives at Freudenthal's hand its most persuasive statement, most significantly because of his attention to the theoretical form which is charac­ teristic. of classical Newtonian mechanics. He pursues the sources of the parallels that may be noted between that mechanics and the dominant philosophical systems and social theories of the time; and in a fascinating development Freudenthal shows how a quite precise method - as he descriptively labels it, the 'analytic-synthetic method' - which underlay the Newtonian form of theoretical argument, was due to certain interpretive premisses concerning particle mechanics. If he is right, these depend upon a particular stage of con­ ceptual achievement in the theories of both society and nature; further, that the conceptual was generalized philosophically; but, strikingly, Freudenthal shows that this concept-formation itself was linked to the specific social relations of the times of Newton and Hobbes.

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Atom and Individual in the Age of Newton
Book Subtitle
On the Genesis of the Mechanistic World View
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
88
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-4500-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-4500-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1905-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8505-2
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
288
Additional Information
Originally published in German
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