W. J. ‘s Gravesande’s Appropriation of Newton’s Natural Philosophy, Part II: Methodological Issues

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Abstract

It has been suggested in the literature that, although Willem Jacob Xs Gravesande occasionally treated NewtonXs doctrines in a selective manner, he was nevertheless an unremitting follower of NewtonXs methodology. As part of a reassessment of Xs GravesandeXs Newtonianism, I argue that, although Xs Gravesande took over key terms of NewtonXs methodological canon, his methodological ideas are upon close scrutiny quite different from and occasionally even incongruent with NewtonXs views on the matter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-120
Number of pages24
JournalCentaurus
Volume56
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Isaac Newton
  • History and Philosophy of Scientific Methodology
  • W. J. 's Gravesande
  • Eighteenth-century Newtonianism

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