Universal Gravitation and the (Un)Intelligibility of Natural Philosophy
Slavov, M. (2020). Universal Gravitation and the (Un)Intelligibility of Natural Philosophy. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 101(1), 129-157. https://doi.org/10.1111/papq.12300
Published inPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Embargoed until: 2021-12-30Request copy from author
© 2019 University of Southern California and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
This article centers on Hume's position on the intelligibility of natural philosophy. To that end, the controversy surrounding universal gravitation shall be scrutinized. It is very well known that Hume sides with the Newtonian experimentalist approach rather than with the Leibnizian demand for intelligibility. However, what is not clear is Hume's overall position on the intelligibility of natural philosophy. It shall be argued that Hume declines Leibniz's principle of intelligibility. However, Hume does not eschew intelligibility altogether; his concept of causation itself stipulates mechanical intelligibility.
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Additional information about fundingFunding for my research was provided by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Alfred Kordelin Foundation, coordinated by the Foundations' Doc Pool.
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Slavov, Matias (University of Jyväskylä, 2016)The subject of this essay-based dissertation is Hume’s natural philosophy. The dissertation consists of four separate essays and an introduction. These essays do not only treat Hume’s views on the topic of natural ...
Slavov, Matias (Vittorio Klostermann, 2013)This article investigates the relationship between Hume’s causal philosophy and Newton’s philosophy of nature. I claim that Newton’s experimentalist methodology in gravity research is an important background for understanding ...
Kaukua, Jari (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020)This paper refutes the claim that Avicenna's theory of science is empiricist in the robust, Lockean sense. I argue that his denial of innatism notwithstanding, the theory of formal identity, together with the metaphysical ...
Peltola, Jari (2001)
Backman, Jussi (Eurooppalaisen filosofian seura ry, 2019)