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    The argument(s) for universal gravitation
    Foundations of Science 11 (4): 419-447. 2006.
    In this paper an analysis of Newton’s argument for universal gravitation is provided. In the past, the complexity of the argument has not been fully appreciated. Recent authors like George E. Smith and William L. Harper have done a far better job. Nevertheless, a thorough account of the argument is still lacking. Both authors seem to stress the importance of only one methodological component. Smith stresses the procedure of approximative deductions backed-up by the laws of motion. Harper stresse…Read more
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    Recensie Hans Radder, The World Observed/The World Conceived
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 3 308-309. 2007.
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    De rol van causaliteit binnen de huidige natuurkunde
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 106 (1): 37-41. 2014.
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    Newton on action at a distance and the cause of gravity
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (1): 154-159. 2011.
    In this discussion paper, I seek to challenge Hylarie Kochiras’ recent claims on Newton’s attitude towards action at a distance, which will be presented in Section 1. In doing so, I shall include the positions of Andrew Janiak and John Henry in my discussion and present my own tackle on the matter . Additionally, I seek to strengthen Kochiras’ argument that Newton sought to explain the cause of gravity in terms of secondary causation . I also provide some specification on what Kochiras calls ‘Ne…Read more
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    Whewell, Necessity and The Inductive Sciences: A Philosophical-Systematic Survey
    South African Journal of Philosophy 28 (4): 333-358. 2009.
    In this paper Whewell’s concept of necessity is scrutinized and its historical development is outlined (ca. 1833-1860). Particular attention will be paid to how Whewell interpreted the laws of the inductive sciences as being necessary since the laws of nature are concretizations of the Fundamental Ideas which can be partially described by Axioms
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    The status of theory and hypotheses
    In Peter R. Anstey (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century, Oxford University Press. pp. 169. 2013.
    This chapter examines the series of drastic epistemological and methodological transformations in the status of hypotheses in British natural philosophy during the seventeenth century. It explains that hypotheses played a rather marginal role in Francis Bacon's methodological thought because he believed they lacked any physical content, although they occupied a centre stage in the Bacon-inspired natural philosophy program of Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke. The chapter mentions that Boyle and Hook…Read more
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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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    In this paper, I take up the question to what extent and in which sense we can conceive of Johannes Baptista Van Helmont’s (1579-1644) style of experimenting as “modern”. Connected to this question, I shall reflect upon what Van Helmont’s precise contribution to experimental practice was. I will argue - after analysing some of Van Helmont's experiments such as his tree-experiment, ice-experiment, and thermoscope experiment - that Van Helmont had a strong preference to locate experimental designs…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.