Certain philosophical questions: Newton's Trinity Notebook. by J. E. McGuire

By J. E. McGuire

Isaac Newton wrote the manuscript Questiones quaedam philosophicae on the very starting of his medical occupation. This small pc therefore offers infrequent perception into the beginnings of Newton's suggestion and the rules of his next highbrow improvement. The Questiones features a sequence of entries in Newton's hand that variety over many themes in technology, philosophy, psychology, theology, and the principles of arithmetic. those notes, written in English, supply a truly designated photo of Newton's early pursuits, and list his serious appraisal of up to date matters in ordinary philosophy. Written predominantly in 1664-5, they offer an important viewpoint on Newton's suggestion simply sooner than his annus mirabilis, 1666. This quantity offers an entire transcription of the Questiones, including an 'expansion' into smooth English, and an entire editorial remark at the content material and importance of the laptop within the improvement of Newton's idea. will probably be crucial studying for all these drawn to Newton and the highbrow foundations of technology.

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CCII, p. 219. 325. b Physiologia, Book III, Chap. X, Sect. I, pp. 261-5. , Art. V, p. 263. IN F IN IT Y , INDIVISIBILISM, T H E VOID 41 ton is a source from which Newton derives the doctrine he rejects: Even their language is similar. Like Charleton, he leaves no doubt that he supports the first hypothesis. ” This is what we would expect, given that Newton accepts the view that parts are distinct just in case they are separable and, if in fact divided, are divided by the presence of voids between them.

203b25-2G. , 0 . 9. 1051a21-34. 30 For a discussion of the realist and conceptualist poles in traditional mathe­ matical thought, see A. G. Molland, “Mathematics in the Thought of Alberlus Magnus,” in Albertus Magnus and the Sciences: Commemorative Essays, edited by James A. Weisheipl (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1980), pp. 404-78. " For a discussion of this view among the Epicureans, see Furley, -Two Studies, Part II, Chap. II, pp. 155-0. 32 For seventeenth century discussions, see W.

I7 Folio 2 88v also provides defi­ nite evidence that Newton had read Kenelm Digby. ” Digby uses the same words to characterize the same view in his discussion of theories of rarity and density in his Two Treaties. 37 37 P. , Vol. I, Sectio 1, Liber III, Cap. VIII, p. 281. 18 Tivo Treatises: in the one of which, The nature of bodies; in the other, The nature of man's soul, is looked into (London, 1658), p. 17. See Harrison 516. 42 COM MENTARY Because Newton never returns to his claim that the posi­ tion he rejects “will in its due place be proved impossible,” a discussion of it is warranted.

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