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Readings in the History and Philosophy of Science

November 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Last meeting we finished up with Newton Queries and began to discuss George Smith’s ‘How Newton’s Principia changed physics’ (page 360 in Janiak and Schliesser (ed.), “Interpreting Newton”). For our next meeting let’s spend a bit more time on the Smith article, and specifically go through point by point his 9 ways in which Newton changed physics. In our cursory review of it last time we missed some details such as error analysis and counterfactual framing. After we finish with Smith we’ll head into Kant’s “Metaphysical foundations of natural science”. Let’s be prepared to discuss the preface and perhaps make some headway into the first chapter, ‘Metaphysical foundations of phoronomy’. Considering the further discussion on the Smith article, it may be over-optimistic to think we can get much further than the preface. See for the Smith article: http://strangebeautiful.com/other-texts/janiak-schliesser-interp-newt.pdf and https://ia800203.us.archive.org/23/items/cu31924029022213/cu31924029022213.pdf for Kant’s ‘Metaphysical foundations of natural science’.


November 30, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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