Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Essays in honour of Gerd Buchdahl

  • R. S. Woolhouse

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Robert E. Butts
    Pages 9-16
  3. Jürgen Mittelstrass
    Pages 17-43
  4. Richard S. Westfall
    Pages 45-72
  5. William R. Shea
    Pages 73-99
  6. Stephen W. Gaukroger
    Pages 101-132
  7. Roger S. Woolhouse
    Pages 165-183
  8. Mary B. Hesse
    Pages 185-212
  9. John G. McEvoy
    Pages 307-325
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 351-364

About this book


The essays in this collection have been written for Gerd Buchdahl, by colleagues, students and friends, and are self-standing pieces of original research which have as their main concern the metaphysics and philosophy of science of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They focus on issues about the development of philosophical and scientific thought which are raised by or in the work of such as Bernoulli, Descartes, Galileo, Kant, Leibniz, Maclaurin, Priestly, Schelling, Vico. Apart from the initial bio-bibliographical piece and those by Robert Butts and Michael Power, they do not discuss Buchdahl or his ideas in any systematic, lengthy, or detailed way. But they are collected under a title which alludes to the book, Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: The Classical Origins, Descartes to Kant (1969), which is central in the corpus of his work, and deal with the period and some of the topics with which that book deals.


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Immanuel Kant metaphysics philosophy of science

Authors and affiliations

  • R. S. Woolhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.Reader in PhilosophyUniversity of YorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7846-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2997-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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