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Cartesian EmpiricismsDutch Cartesian Empiricism and the Advent of Newtonianism

Cartesian Empiricisms: Dutch Cartesian Empiricism and the Advent of Newtonianism [At least since Voltaire, the perception of Cartesianism has often suffered from comparison to Newtonianism. In particular, Descartes’ ‘Rationalism’ has been regarded as basically flawed on account of its incompatibility with Newton’s approach to natural philosophy, which was to dominate much of eighteenth-century thought. In this paper it is argued that, on the contrary, both Descartes and some of his most tenacious Dutch admirers did not eschew Empiricism at all, but were actually instrumental in the early dissemination of Newtonianism on the Continent, and at Leiden University in particular.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Cartesian EmpiricismsDutch Cartesian Empiricism and the Advent of Newtonianism

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 31)
Editors: Dobre, Mihnea; Nyden, Tammy
Cartesian Empiricisms — Oct 28, 2013

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
ISBN
978-94-007-7689-0
Pages
89 –104
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7690-6_4
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Abstract

[At least since Voltaire, the perception of Cartesianism has often suffered from comparison to Newtonianism. In particular, Descartes’ ‘Rationalism’ has been regarded as basically flawed on account of its incompatibility with Newton’s approach to natural philosophy, which was to dominate much of eighteenth-century thought. In this paper it is argued that, on the contrary, both Descartes and some of his most tenacious Dutch admirers did not eschew Empiricism at all, but were actually instrumental in the early dissemination of Newtonianism on the Continent, and at Leiden University in particular.]

Published: Oct 28, 2013

Keywords: Natural Philosopher; Experimental Philosophy; Early Eighteenth Century; Impartial Spectator; Dutch Republic

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