Isaac Newton, Philosopher

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Thu., Oct. 24, 2013, 7:30pm

Isaac Newton, Philosopher
Dr. Andrew Janiak, Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Author of Newton as Philosopher (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Thurs. Oct. 24, 7:30pm
Alumni Hall, New Academic Bldg, University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Rd., Halifax
Reception to follow

“Among the many things Newton was, a scientist was not one of them.”

Today, Isaac Newton is listed along with Darwin as one of the great scientists in Britain's modern history. But in his own day, and in his own mind, Newton was no such thing: he was a natural philosopher, a writer and thinker who engaged with the works of contemporaries. His research projects included basic questions not only about the earth, the planets and the stars, but also about the creator of the universe. A shift in our conception of Newton's place within the history of science and of philosophy will transform our understanding of those endeavours today.

Public launch of the open symposium, Isaac Newton's General Scholium to the Principia: Science, Religion and Metaphysics, University of King's College, Halifax, October 24-26, 2013