Emilie du Châtelet between Leibniz and Newton

  • Ruth Hagengruber

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Introduction

Emilie du Châtelet was one of the most influential woman philosophers of the Enlightenment. Her writings on natural philosophy, physics, and mechanics had a decisive impact on important scientific debates of the 18th century. Particularly, she took an innovative and outstanding position in the controversy between Newton and Leibniz, one of the fundamental scientific discourses of that time.

The contributions in this volume focus on this "Leibnitian turn". They analyze the nature and motivation of Emilie du Châtelet's synthesis of Newtonian and Leibnitian philosophy. Apart from the Institutions Physiques they deal with Emilie du Châtelet's annotated translation of Isaac Newton's Principia.

The chapters presented here collectively demonstrate that her work was an essential contribution to  the mediation between empiricist and rationalist positions in the history of science.

Keywords

Metaphysics - Physics Newton und Maupertuis’s empiricism Women in science women philosopher

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruth Hagengruber
    • 1
  1. 1.Fak. Kulturwissenschaften, Abt. PhilosophieUniversität PaderbornPaderbornGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2093-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2074-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2093-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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