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Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment

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ISBN-10: 0226749452

ISBN-13: 9780226749457

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: J. B. Shank, John Bennett Shank

List price: $69.00
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Nothing is considered more natural than the connection between Isaac Newton7;s science and the modernity that came into being during the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Terms like 0;Newtonianism1; are routinely taken as synonyms for 0;Enlightenment1; and 0;modern1; thought, yet the particular conjunction of these terms has a history full of accidents and contingencies. Modern physics, for example, was not the determined result of the rational unfolding of Newton7;s scientific work in the eighteenth century, nor was the Enlightenment the natural and inevitable consequence of Newton7;s eighteenth-century reception. Each of these outcomes, in fact, was a contingent event produced by the…    
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

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Introduction: Provincializing Newton, or Building in the Ruins of a Grand Narrative of Modernity
Before the Light: Newton and French Science Before 1728
Newton without Newtonianism: French Mathematical Science in the Early Eighteenth Century
Sources of Enlightenment Newtonianism: Toward a New Climate of Science in France after 1715
Preparing the Battlefield: Fighting For and Against Newton after 1715
The Newton Wars in France
The Invention of French Newtonianism: Maupertuis and Voltaire
Making the "Philosophe": Voltaire's Newtonianism and the Scandal of the Lettres philosophiques
A French Culture War: The Battle over Newtonianism
Leibnizianism and the Solidification of the French Englightenment
Coda: Instituting the French Enlightenment: Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedie