Newton's Idea and Practice of Unification

Publication Year:
2004
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1784
Author(s):
Ducheyne, Steffen
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In this paper I try to capture Newton's notion and practice of unification (I will mainly focus on the Principia). I will use contemporary theories on unification in philosophy of science as analytic tools (Kitcher, Schurz and Salmon). I will argue that Salmon's later work on the topic provides a good starting point to characterize Newton's notion and practice. However, in order to fully grasp Newton's idea and practice of unification, Salmon's model needs to be fleshed out and extended.