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Newton: Philosophical Writings

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107615939

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  • Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) left a voluminous legacy of writings. Despite his influence on the early modern period, his correspondence, manuscripts, and publications in natural philosophy remain scattered throughout many disparate editions. In this volume, Newton's principal philosophical writings, including excerpts from the Principia and the Opticks and a corrected translation of 'De Gravitatione', are collected in a single place. This newly expanded second edition of Philosophical Writings contains new excerpts from Newton's earliest optical writings, some of his unpublished reflections on the interpretation of Scriptural passages that concern the Earth's motion, and his correspondence with important figures in his day, including the theologian Richard Bentley, the mathematician Roger Cotes, and the philosopher G. W. Leibniz. The excerpts show in depth how Newton developed a number of highly controversial views concerning space, time, motion and matter and then defended them against the withering criticisms of his contemporaries.

    • This newly expanded second edition has been thoroughly revised and contains two additional chapters
    • Highlights how influential Newton's writings were in the development of modern European philosophy
    • Contains previously unpublished writings
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107615939
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Further reading
    Note on texts and translations
    1. 'New theory about light and colors' [1672]
    2. Correspondence with Robert Boyle [1679]
    3. De Gravitatione [date unknown]
    4. The Principia [1687, first edition]
    5. 'An account of the system of the world' [c.1687]
    6. Correspondence with Richard Bentley [1691–3]
    7. Correspondence with Leibniz [1693 and 1711–12]
    8. Correspondence with Roger Cotes [1713]
    9. An Account of the Book Entitled Commercium Epistolicum [1715]
    10. Queries to the Opticks [1721].

  • Editor

    Andrew Janiak, Duke University, North Carolina
    Andrew Janiak is Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University.

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