Phenomena : description of X
data that we are applying general laws to
We're not saying that there is some inherent propety in bodies that makes them obey that law= Newton
is not trying to present the causes of why bodies
1. Why do bodies deviate from their natural motion (straight line)?
1. Newton's theory of motion tries to identify them
2. What does it mean to be confirmed by experience (hypothesis)?
Definitions don't really play a role in his argument
Not so much difference between rationalists/ empiricists T
what counts as a phenomena?
What counts as a princples?
What counts as an explanation?
1. Netwon against Descartes
1. Newton's method to investiguate nature is better,
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Newton on absolute space
- We have to get rid of our prejudice of space (time, motion, place) and have to
distinguish the absolute space, time, and place, motion from the relative.
- Distinguishes from absolute from relative
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
* Paper Topic is posted online. Describe what Cotes takes the experimental method to
be. Cotes says that this is what distinguishes Newton from his predecessors, of not
positing occult qualities. Subsequent philosophers have
Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Elements of Newtons Principles
3. Rules of Reasoning
- End of definition 3, resistance is prescribed to bodies at rest, and impulse to
bodies of motion
- Motions and rest
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
What is this method that is described as the experimental method? The implications of
the experimental method for philosophy. We will be looking at Hume because he claimed
that he will be using this approach of the experiment