Between Leibniz, Newton, and Kant

Philosophy and Science in the Eighteenth Century

  • Wolfgang Lefèvre

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 220)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Seismic Vibrations in Metaphysics

  3. Metaphysics and the Analytical Method

  4. Avenues of Newtonianism

  5. Can Matter Think?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Ann Thomson
      Pages 149-173
    3. Falk Wunderlich
      Pages 175-188
  6. Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Wolfgang Lefèvre
      Pages 191-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-288

About this book


It is a truism that philosophy and the sciences were closely linked in the age of Leibniz, Newton, and Kant; but a more precise determination of the structure and dynamics of this linkage is required. The subject matter of this volume is the interactions among the developments in philosophy and the transformations that the different branches of sciences, Baconian as well as classical, underwent during this period. Among the topics addressed are the transformations of metaphysics as a discipline, the emergence of analytical mechanics and its consequences for founding physics on metaphysics, the diverging avenues of 18th-century Newtonianism, the body-mind problem as dealt with by philosophers and physicians, and philosophical principles of classification in the life sciences. As an appendix, a critical edition and first translation into English of Newton's scholia from David Gregory's Estate on the Propositions IV through IX Book III of his Principia is added.


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Kant natural philosophy physical sciences proposition

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Lefèvre
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5774-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9729-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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