I served as guest
editor for a special 50th anniversary issue of The Southern Journal of Philosophy
dedicated to “Newton and Newtonianism,” which
appeared in September 2012. My Editor’s Introduction offers a brief
survey of the current state of the art in Newton studies as well as an
overview of the papers that are collected in the issue.
Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of
History and Philosophy of Science, edited with Michael Dickson
(Open Court, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-8126-9662-2). This collection honors Michael Friedman’s influential work in history
and philosophy of science and includes twenty-six original papers, one of
which is Friedman’s book-length concluding essay, “Synthetic History
Reconsidered.” Reviews of the
volume have appeared in NDPR and Philosophy in Review.
Metaphysics, Mathematics: Descartes’s Argument for the Vortex
Hypothesis.” Forthcoming in Synthese. Published online first, August
2017. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1533-6
“Philosophy of Science
in Newton’s General Scholium.”
Forthcoming in Isaac
Newton’s General Scholium to the Principia: Science, Religion, and Metaphysics, edited by Steffen Ducheyne, Scott Mandelbrote,
and Stephen Snobelen.
“Laws of Nature and the
Divine Order of Things: Descartes and Newton on Truth in Natural
Philosophy.” In press and forthcoming in Laws
of Nature (Oxford University Press),
edited by Walter Ott and Lydia Patton.
and Empiricism.” In press and
forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook
of Newton, edited by Eric Schliesser and
Chris Smeenk (Oxford University Press). Published online first, February
2017. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199930418.013.7
“Kant and Newton on the A Priori Necessity of Geometry.”
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
(September 2013) 44/3: 438-447.
“Observation and Mathematics.” In The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the
Seventeenth Century, edited by Peter Anstey (Oxford University Press, July 2013),
“Mediating between Past
and Present: Descartes, Newton, and Contemporary Structural Realism.” In Philosophy and Its History: Aims and Methods in the Study
of Early Modern of Philosophy, edited by Mogens Laerke, Justin
E. H. Smith, and Eric Schliesser (Oxford
University Press, July 2013), pp. 278-300.
“Newton and Proclus:
Geometry, Imagination, and Knowing Space.” The Southern
Journal of Philosophy (September 2012), 50 (3): 389-413.
Embrace of Newton’s Principia.”
In Interpreting Newton: Critical Essays, edited by Andrew Janiak and Eric Schliesser (Cambridge
University Press, 2012), pp. 48-68.
“Descartes’ Mathematics.” In The Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2015 edition), first published
online in Winter 2011. Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =
“Kant on the
Imagination and Geometrical Certainty.” Perspectives
on Science (2010) 18 (4): 409-431.
“The Intelligibility of
Motion and Construction: Descartes’ Early Mathematics and Metaphysics,
1619-1637.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A
(2009) 40: 119-130.
Review of Thomas C. Vinci,
Space, Geometry, and Kant’s Transcendental Deduction of
the Categories (Oxford University Press, 2014). Journal of the
History of Philosophy (2016) 54 (1): 174-175.
Essay review of Steffen
Ducheyne, “The main Business of natural Philosophy”: Isaac Newton’s
Natural-philosophical Methodology (Springer, 2012), and William
L. Harper, Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method: Turning Data into
Evidence about Gravity and Cosmology (Oxford University Press,
2011). HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society of
History and Philosophy of Science (fall 2013) 3: 318-333.
Review of Peter Machamer and J.E.
Changing Mind (Princeton University Press, 2009). HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society of
History and Philosophy of Science (2011) 1(1): 162-165.
Review of Niccolň Guicciardini, Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method
(The MIT Press, 2009). The Canadian
Journal of History (2010) 45: 614-617.
Imagination and Truth.” St. John’s College
Dean’s Lecture, Santa Fe, NM, 16 February 2018; Department of
Philosophy, University of New Mexico, 19 January 2018.
“Newton on the
Mathematical Certainty of Metaphysical Truths.” International
workshop on Traditional and Inductive Metaphysics, Technische Universität Dortmund,
7 and 8 December 2017.
“Descartes’s Principles: The Case of the
Missing Mathematics.” Department
of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 24 March 2017.
“Newton on Deducing
Truth from the Phenomena.” Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame,
22 April 2016.
“Descartes and Newton
on Deducing True Laws of Nature.” The Seventh Margaret Wilson Conference, Northern Arizona
University, 27-19 June 2016; Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, UC-Irvine,
16 October 2015; Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, 18
“Truth and Falsehood in
Descartes’s Physics.” Macalester College, Department of Philosophy, 17
“The Deduction of Truth
from the Phenomena in Isaac Newton’s Principia
Mathematica.” St. John’s College Dean’s Lecture, Annapolis, Maryland,
27 March 2015.
“Descartes and Newton
on Cognizing Infinity.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical
Association, St. Louis, MO, 20 February 2015. Invited as part of a symposium entitled
“The Infinite in Early Modern Philosophy of Mathematics.”
Philosophy: Deducing Truth from the Phenomena.” Marquette
University, Department of Philosophy, 4 February 2015.
“Mechanics in Geometry
and Natural Philosophy: Newton’s Programmatic Statement against
Descartes.” Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) Twenty-fourth
Biennial Meeting, Chicago, IL, 5-9 November 2014; “All in Pieces? New Insights into the Structure of
Newton’s Thought,” Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, 10-11 October
Philosophy: Deducing Truth from the Phenomena.” Georgetown University, Department of Philosophy, 28 March
“Philosophy of Science
in Newton’s General Scholium.” Isaac
Newton’s General Scholium: A Tercentenary Symposium, 24-26 October 2013. University of King’s College, Halifax,
“Kant and Newton on the
a priori necessity of geometry.” German Philosophy Workshop, Department of Philosophy,
University of Chicago, 12 April 2013.
The poster for the two University of
Chicago talks was designed by Gilad Nir.
and Empiricism.” Early Modern Philosophy Workshop, Department of
Philosophy, University of Chicago, 11 April 2013; The Rotman
Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 22 March
Mathematical Physics: A Reassessment.”
Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, 11
January 2013; Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, 14 September 2012.
“Newton and Proclus:
Understanding the Geometry of Absolute Space.” Center for Philosophy of
Science, University of Pittsburgh, 24 January 2012.
“Descartes, Newton, and
the Mathematical Character of Natural Philosophy.” Workshop on
“Knowledge, Representation, and Proof in the Modern Era,” Notre Dame
University, South Bend, IN, 3 November 2011. A previous version of this
paper was delivered as a Dean’s lecture at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, 22