Responses to Newton: The impact of the mathematical-experimental paradigm on natural philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics (1687 – 1800)

June 5, 2019 - June 7, 2019
Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven

Andreas Vesaliusstraat 2
Leuven 3000

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University of Edinburgh
University of New Mexico
Ohio State University
Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3
Université de Montréal
University of Bucharest


Université de Liège
KU Leuven
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Universite de Bruxelles
University Paris Nanterre

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Invited Speakers:

Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh)

Mary Domski (University of New Mexico)

Lisa Downing (Ohio State University)

Philippe Hamou (Université Paris Nanterre)

Christian Leduc (Université de Montréal)

Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest)

The aim of the conference is to take steps towards a balanced and comprehensive account of the multi-faceted effects of Newton’s work on disciplines such as natural philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics during the late seventeenth- and eighteenth century. Existing research on this topic tends to focus on the ways in which the mathematical-experimental methodology represented by Newton conquered Europe. Challenging this approach, the conference seeks to address the full spectrum of responses to Newton, responses ranging from emulations and appropriations to incisive modifications, distortions, and contestations. Accordingly, the conference seeks to broaden the scope of existing research by addressing non-canonical and canonical philosophers and movements alike. Contributions that deal with historiographical questions and problems are particularly welcome.

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June 1, 2019, 8:00am CET

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