Zvi Biener

Affiliation: 

University of Cinicinnati

Substance & Property, System & Relation: Metaphysical Orthodoxy in Newton’s Rational Mechanics

Isaac Newton’s heterodoxy is a unifying theme of Newtonian scholarship. Studies of Newton’s innovative methods for handling evidence, his subjugation of natural philosophical and metaphysical questions to experiment, and his professed agnosticism about deep causal explanation mark him as a revolutionary natural philosopher. Newton was also at odds with the prevailing trends of his time in his alchemy, biblical chronology, and theological reflection. In fact, in contemporary scholarship, heterodoxy marks Newton’s modern as well as less-modern pursuits.