Emilie du Chatelet between Leibniz and Newton - International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees 205 (Paperback)Ruth Hagengruber (editor)
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Emilie du Chatelet 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 Chatelet's synthesis of Newtonian and Leibnitian philosophy. Apart from the Institutions Physiques they deal with Emilie du Chatelet'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.
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 421 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: 2012 ed.
"The aim of Emilie du Chatelet between Leibniz and Newton is `to make the intellectual strength of Emilie du Chatelet apparent and to facilitate a better understanding of the singularity of her work.' ... this book offers not only an important contribution to the literature on Emilie du Chatelet, but also insight into the philosophy of science." (Robyn Arianrhod, The Mathematical Intellingencer, October, 2016)
"This is a valuable collection, focusing on Madame du Chatelet as a serious contributor to both eighteenth-century science and philosophy. Anyone who is interested in studying her ideas in the context of eighteenth-century European mathematics, science, and philosophy should become familiar with its contents." (Judith V. Grabiner, AWM Newsletter, Vol. 43 (3), May-June, 2013)"Hagengruber's collection of essays provides the most comprehensive coverage of Chatelet's work currently available. ... the bibliographies of primary and secondary works are exhaustive, and the introductory essay by Ruth Hagengruber is a good introduction to Chatelet. ... this is a very worthwhile collection, and for those coming to Chatelet for the first time, the introductory essay and the bibliographies will prove invaluable." (Stephen Gaukroger, Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXXII (4), 2012)
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