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    The Concept of Causation in Newton's Mechanical and Optical Work
    with Erik Weber
    Logic and Logical Philosophy 16 (4): 265-288. 2007.
    In this essay the authors explore the nature of efficient causal explanation in Newton’s "Principia and The Opticks". It is argued that: (1) In the dynamical explanations of the Principia, Newton treats the phenomena under study as cases of Hall’s second kind of atypical causation. The underlying concept of causation is therefore a purely interventionist one. (2) In the descriptions of his optical experiments, Newton treats the phenomena under study as cases of Hall’s typical causation. The unde…Read more
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    Huygens: The Man behind the Principle (review)
    Isis 99 400-401. 2008.
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    Pamela H. Smith: The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (3): 575. 2005.
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    In this paper I try to capture Newton's notion and practice of unification (I will mainly focus on the Principia). I will use contemporary theories on unification in philosophy of science as analytic tools (Kitcher, Schurz and Salmon). I will argue that Salmon's later work on the topic provides a good starting point to characterize Newton's notion and practice. However, in order to fully grasp Newton's idea and practice of unification, Salmon's model needs to be fleshed out and extended.
  • The World Observed/The World Conceived (review)
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 4. 2007.
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    In this essay, I call attention to Kant’s and Whewell’s attempt to provide bridging principles between a priori principles and scientific laws. Part of Kant’s aim in the Opus postumum (ca. 1796-1803) was precisely to bridge the gap between the metaphysical foundations of natural science (on the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (1786) see section 1) and physics by establishing intermediary concepts or ‘Mittelbegriffe’ (henceforth this problem is referred to as ‘the bridging-problem’). …Read more
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    Interpreting Newton: Critical Essays (review)
    Isis 104 (3): 617-618. 2013.
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    Review of" Galileo observed: Science and the politics of belief" (review)
    Annals of Science 64 (3): 430-431. 2007.
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    Eric Jorink and Ad Maas, eds. Newton and the Netherlands: How Isaac Newton Was Fashioned in the Dutch Republic. Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2013. Pp. 256. €39.50 (review)
    Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 4 (1): 189-192. 2014.
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    Newton on Action at a Distance
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (4): 675-701. 2014.
    Reasoning without experience is very slippery. A man may puzzle me by arguents [sic] … but I’le beleive my ey experience ↓my eyes.↓ernan mcmullin once remarked that, although the “avowedly tentative form” of the Queries “marks them off from the rest of Newton’s published work,” they are “the most significant source, perhaps, for the most general categories of matter and action that informed his research.”2 The Queries (or Quaestiones), which Newton inserted at the very end of the third book of t…Read more
  • Abstraction vs. Idealization
    The Reasoner 1 (5): 9-10. 2007.
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    J. B. Van helmont's de tempore as an influence on Isaac Newton's doctrine of absolute time
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 90 (2): 216-228. 2008.
    Here, I shall argue that Van Helmont needs to be added to the list of sources on which Newton drew when formulating his doctrine of absolute time. This by no means implies that Van Helmont is the factual source of Newton's views on absolute time (I have found no clear-cut evidence in support of this claim). It is by no means my aim to debunk the importance of the other sources, but rather to broaden them. Different authors help to explain different aspects of Newton's conception of absolute time…Read more
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    The flow of Influence: from Newton to Locke.. and Back
    Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 64 (2): 245-268. 2009.
    The Flow of Influence: From Newton to Locke - and Back- In this essay, the affinity between Locke’s empiricism and Newton’s natural philosophy is scrutinized. Parallels are distinguished from influences. I argue, pace G.A.J. Rogers, that Newton’s doctrine of absolute space and time influenced Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding from the second edition onwards. I also show that Newton used Lockean terminology in his criticism of Cartesianism. It is further argued that Locke’s endorsement…Read more
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    Philosophica 76. 2005.
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    Petrus van Musschenbroek and Newton’s ‘vera stabilisque Philosophandi methodus’
    Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 38 (4): 279-304. 2015.
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    Like many of their contemporaries Bernard Nieuwentijt and Pieter van Musschenbroek were baffled by the heterodox conclusions which Baruch Spinoza drew in the Ethics. As the full title of the Ethics—Ethica ordine geometrico demonstrata—indicates, these conclusions were purportedly demonstrated in a geometrical order, i.e. by means of pure mathematics. First, I highlight how Nieuwentijt tried to immunize Spinoza’s worrisome conclusions by insisting on the distinction between pure and mixed mathema…Read more
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    Understanding Newton’s Argument for Universal Gravitation
    Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 40 (2): 227-258. 2009.
    In this essay, I attempt to assess Henk de Regt and Dennis Dieks recent pragmatic and contextual account of scientific understanding on the basis of an important historical case-study: understanding in Newton's theory of universal gravitation and Huygens' reception of universal gravitation. It will be shown that de Regt and Dieks' Criterion for the Intelligibility of a Theory, which stipulates that the appropriate combination of scientists' skills and intelligibility-enhancing theoretical virtue…Read more
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    An editorial history of Newton’s regulae philosophandi
    Estudios de Filosofía (Universidad de Antioquia) 51. 2015.
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    In this paper I will defend a new account of scientific representation. I will begin by looking at the benefits and drawbacks of two recent accounts on scientific representation: Hughes’ DDI account and Suárez’ inferential account. Next I use some of Galileo’s models in the Discorsi as a heuristic tool for a better account of scientific representation. Next I will present my model. The main idea of my account, which I refer to as the pragmatic model of shared characteristics (PMSC), is that a mo…Read more
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