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The Certainty, Modality, and Grounding of Newton’s Laws

Biener, Zvi (2017) The Certainty, Modality, and Grounding of Newton’s Laws. The Monist, 100 (3). pp. 311-325.

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Abstract

Newton began his Principia with three Axiomata sive Leges Motus. We offer an interpretation of Newton’s dual label and investigate two tensions inherent in his account of laws. The first arises from the juxtaposition of Newton’s confidence in the certainty of his laws and his commitment to their variability and contingency. The second arises because Newton ascribes fundamental status both to the laws and to the bodies and forces they govern. We argue the first is resolvable, but the second is not. However, the second tension shows that Newton conceives laws as formal causes of bodies and forces. This neo-Aristotelian conception goes missing in Kantian accounts of laws, as well as accounts that stress laws’ grounding in powers and capacities.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Biener, Zvizvi.biener@uc.edu0000-0002-3863-205X
Keywords: Isaac Newton, Laws of Nature
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Zvi Biener
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 15:32
Item ID: 14723
Journal or Publication Title: The Monist
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/monist/article-abstract/1...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/monist/onx012
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 311-325
Volume: 100
Number: 3
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14723

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