Newton’s Metaphysics of Space as God’s Emanative Effect

Jacquette, Dale (2014). Newton’s Metaphysics of Space as God’s Emanative Effect. Physics in Perspective, 16(3), pp. 344-370. Springer 10.1007/s00016-014-0142-8

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In several of his writings, Isaac Newton proposed that physical space is God’s “emanative effect” or “sensorium,” revealing something interesting about the metaphysics underlying his mathematical physics. Newton’s conjectures depart from Plato and Aristotle’s metaphysics of space and from classical and Cambridge Neoplatonism. Present-day philosophical concepts of supervenience clarify Newton’s ideas about space and offer a portrait of Newton not only as a mathematical physicist but an independent-minded rationalist philosopher.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Jacquette, Dale

Subjects:

100 Philosophy

ISSN:

1422-6944

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Caroline Bolz

Date Deposited:

18 Mar 2015 11:43

Last Modified:

19 Mar 2015 22:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00016-014-0142-8

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65088

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65088

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