This collection of specially commissioned essays by leading scholars presents new research on Isaac Newton and his main philosophical interlocutors and critics. Topics discussed include the laws of nature, the notion of force, the relation of mathematics to nature, Newton's argument for universal gravitation and his attitude toward philosophical empiricism.
About the Author
Andrew Janiak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He is the editor of Newton: Philosophical Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and author of Newton as Philosopher (Cambridge University Press, 2008). His most recent article is 'Substance and Action in Descartes and Newton' in The Monist (No 93, October 2010). He writes on early modern natural philosophy and on Kant.
Eric Schliesser is BOF Research Professor of Philosophy at Ghent University. He has published widely on Newton, Huygens and their eighteenth-century reception (especially Hume and Adam Smith) as well as in the philosophy of economics. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Isaac Newton (Oxford University Press).