Today, Isaac Newton is listed along with Darwin as one of the great scientists in Britain’s modern history. But in his own day, and in his own mind, Newton was no such thing: he was a natural philosopher, a writer and thinker who engaged with the works of contemporaries. His research projects included basic questions not only about the earth, the planets and the stars, but also about the creator of the universe. A shift in our conception of Newton’s place within the history of science and of philosophy will transform our understanding of those endeavours.
Dr. Andrew Janiak is the Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy Duke University and the author of Newton as Philosopher (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Dr Janiak’s lecture is the public launch of the open symposium, “Isaac Newton’s General Scholium to the Principia: Science, Religion and Metaphysics”, which is taking place at King’s 24-26 October 2013. You can read the full text of Newton’s Scholium.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.