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

Submission deadline: February 1, 2019

Conference date(s):
June 5, 2019 - June 7, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

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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.

Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format, as attachment, to

Abstracts, including the title, should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email.

Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion.

Notification of acceptance by March 1, 2019.

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