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Publications [#363035] of Andrew Janiak

Papers Published

  1. Janiak, A, Émilie Du Châtelet’s Break from the French Newtonians, Revue D'Histoire Des Sciences, vol. 74 no. 2 (July, 2021), pp. 265-296 [doi]
    (last updated on 2022/12/01)

    In Madame Du Châtelet's milieu, many philosophers argued that Newton's physics allowed one to ignore metaphysics, or perhaps required a modest supplement from elements of Locke's metaphysics. In her Institutions physiques, Du Châtelet takes a radically different approach. She contends that Newton's science of gravity requires a foray into metaphysics, especially concerning the essence of matter. Using her version of the principle of sufficient reason, she also argues that Locke's metaphysics is not an appropriate supplement to the new science of gravity. I conclude that her approach is distinctive for the early Enlightenment.