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Newton’s Regulae Philosophandi

Biener, Zvi (2018) Newton’s Regulae Philosophandi. Oxford Handbook of Isaac Newton.

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Newton’s Regulae philosophandi — the rules for reasoning in natural philosophy — are maxims of causal reasoning and induction. This chapter reviews their significance for Newton’s method of inquiry, as well as their application to particular propositions within the Principia. Two main claims emerge. First, the rules are not only interrelated, they defend various facets of the same core idea: that nature is simple and orderly by divine decree, and that, consequently, human beings can be justified in inferring universal causes from limited phenomena, if only fallibly. Second, the rules make substantive ontological assumptions on which Newton’s argument in the Principia relies.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Biener, Zvizvi.biener@uc.edu0000-0002-3863-205X
Keywords: Isaac Newton, Methodology, Causal Reasoning, Gravity, Force, God
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > History of Philosophy
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Zvi Biener
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 15:31
Item ID: 14722
Journal or Publication Title: Oxford Handbook of Isaac Newton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Official URL: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxford...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199930418.013.4
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > History of Philosophy
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14722

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