Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Newton, Kant, and the Newtonianism of the Eighteenth Century

19 May 2014

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

The aim of this one-day colloquium is to explore the far-reaching legacy of Newton’s natural philosophy and eighteenth century Newtonianism for Kant’s thought.  The colloquium is sponsored by the Leverhulme International Network and is hosted at IASH under the joint auspices of IASH and the Eighteenth-Century & Enlightenment Studies Network.



Coffee and welcome


Thomas Ahnert (History, University of Edinburgh): Christian Wolff and Newton (video)


Break with coffee


John Henry (Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh): Action at a Distance in Newton and Newtonianism (video)




Michela Massimi (Philosophy, University of Edinburgh): Newton, the pre-Critical Kant, and three problems about the lawfulness of nature (video)


Break with coffee


Eric Schliesser (Philosophy, University of Ghent): Necessity, and Newton’s Polemics with Spinoza and Spinozism (video)


This event is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, please email James Collin.

Local organizers: Michela Massimi and James Collin.

The event is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust international network Kant and the Laws of Nature. Leverhulme-Trust1


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