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PHIL 369M: Topics in 18th Century Natural Philosophy

This course will be an introduction to the eighteenth-century history of ideas and philosophy, dealing primarily with questions encountered in natural philosophy: nWhat is the proper method of natural philosophy? What role do hypotheses play in physical theorizing? nWhat is the nature of space, time, matter and force? nWhat are the metaphysical and methodological frameworks of the Newtonian project of universal gravitation? nWhat kinds of intelligibility does mathematics bring to natural philosophy?nThis course is focused on questions, problems, and developments in the mathematical and exact sciences and experimental physics, and only briefly touches subjects in chemistry, natural history, physiology and moral sciences.
Terms: Win | Units: 4
Instructors: Solomon, A. (PI)
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