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The Newtonian refutation of Spinoza: Newton's challenge and the socratic problem

Eric Schliesser (2012) Interpreting Newton : critical essays. p.299-319
abstract
In this chapter I discuss the philosophic and historical significance of Colin MacLaurin’s attacks on Spinoza’s metaphysics in his posthumously published, An Account of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophical Discoveries (1748/1968; hereafter Account). The main point of the chapter is to illustrate how the Socratic Problem and Newton’s Challenge are debated at the start of the eighteenth century. Recognizing the importance and nature of these debates can help us both to understand the partial origin of some canonical versions of our philosophical history and, if we wish, to correct them in favor of more revealing ones. Finally, the mere existence ofMacLaurin’s treatment undermines a widely accepted historiographic myth that members of the Scottish Enlightenment (Hume, Adam Smith, Reid, etc.) only knew and thought of Spinoza through Bayle’s treatment.
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Spinoza, Colin MacLaurin, Hume, Newton
book title
Interpreting Newton : critical essays
editor
Andrew Janiak and Eric Schliesser
pages
299 - 319
publisher
Cambridge University Press
place of publication
Cambridge, UK
ISBN
9780521766180
project
De metafysica en wiskunde van botsingen
language
English
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yes
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B2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:338012
VABB type
VABB-4
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2020240
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2020240
date created
2012-02-06 11:20:27
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2017-01-02 09:56:22
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  author       = {Schliesser, Eric},
  booktitle    = {Interpreting Newton : critical essays},
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  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  title        = {The Newtonian refutation of Spinoza: Newton's challenge and the socratic problem},
  year         = {2012},
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Chicago
Schliesser, Eric. 2012. “The Newtonian Refutation of Spinoza: Newton’s Challenge and the Socratic Problem.” In Interpreting Newton : Critical Essays, ed. Andrew Janiak and Eric Schliesser, 299–319. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
APA
Schliesser, E. (2012). The Newtonian refutation of Spinoza: Newton’s challenge and the socratic problem. In A. Janiak & E. Schliesser (Eds.), Interpreting Newton : critical essays (pp. 299–319). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Vancouver
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Schliesser E. The Newtonian refutation of Spinoza: Newton’s challenge and the socratic problem. In: Janiak A, Schliesser E, editors. Interpreting Newton : critical essays. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; 2012. p. 299–319.
MLA
Schliesser, Eric. “The Newtonian Refutation of Spinoza: Newton’s Challenge and the Socratic Problem.” Interpreting Newton : Critical Essays. Ed. Andrew Janiak & Eric Schliesser. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 299–319. Print.