Monica Solomon


University of Notre-Dame

Berkeley's Criticism of the Newtonian Account of Rotation

Earman (1989, pp. 73-5) mentions Berkeley's response to the Newtonian treatment of rotation derived from Berkeley's Principles (1710) and De Motu (1721). Earman starts by mentioning that Berkeley's views did not get serious consideration and he cites Leibniz's three-line dismissal. Although in his criticism Berkeley is thought to have been a precursor of Einstein and Mach(Popper 1953), Earman argues that “Berkeley's critique of the bucket experiment was every bit as effective as his use of tar water to treat the bloody flux in Ireland” (Ibid., p. 73).