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Andrew Janiak, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, and Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2005-06)

Andrew Janiak
Contact Info:
Office Location:  201G West Duke Building
Office Phone:  +1 919-660-3057, +1 919-660-3050
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    West Duke 202, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM

Ph.D.Indiana University at Bloomington2001
M.A.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1996
B.A.Hampshire College1994

Philosophy of Science
Research Interests:

Andrew Janiak (M.A. 1996, Michigan; Ph.D. 2001, Indiana) joined the Duke faculty in 2002, and is affiliated with Duke's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT, having previously been a doctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University. In the fall, he participated in a conference on the work of Michael Friedman entitled Synthesis and the Growth of Knowledge.

Recent publications and work in progress:

  • Newton and the Development of Modern Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, under contract).
  • Edited and introduced, Isaac Newton: Philosophical Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2004), xl + 148.
  • "Newton and the Reality of Force," Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (January 2007): forthcoming, 39 pages.
  • "Kant as Philosopher of Science," Perspectives on Science 12 (2004).
  • "Newton's Forces in Kant's Critique," in Michael Dickson and Mary Domski, editors, Synthesis and the Growth of Knowledge (Open Court Press, forthcoming).
  • "Space, Atoms and Mathematical Divisibility in Newton," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 31 (2000).
  • With George Smith and Eric Schliesser, "Newton and Newtonianism," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in progress.
  • Review of Thomas Holden, The Architecture of Matter (OUP) for Mind, forthcoming.
  • Areas of Interest:

    History of Early Modern Philosophy
     History of Philosophy of Science


    Newton • Kant • Science • Philosophy

    Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    • Adela Deanova  
    • Patrick Connolly  
    • Adela Deanova  
    • Hylarie Kochiras  
    Postdocs Mentored

    • Orlin Vakarelov (2012/05-present)  
    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    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]  [abs]
    2. Janiak, A, Émilie Du Châtelet: Physics, Metaphysics and the Case of Gravity, in Early Modern Women on Metaphysics (January, 2018), pp. 49-71, ISBN 9781107178687 [doi]  [abs]
    3. Janiak, A, NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, in The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy (January, 2017), pp. 385-409, ISBN 9780415775670 [doi]  [abs]
    4. Janiak, A, Space and motion in nature and Scripture: Galileo, Descartes, Newton., Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, vol. 51 (June, 2015), pp. 89-99, ISSN 0039-3681 [doi]  [abs]
    5. Space: history of a concept, edited by Janiak, A (January, 2015), Oxford University Press (OUP)