Nieuwentyt’s Significance for the Philosophy of Science

  • Evert W. Beth


Though Nieuwentyt’s scientific work is not extensive, it may be useful to give a brief characterization of his writings on purely scientific subjects. A few contributions to mathematics are known; the most important are those, presumably, in which Leibniz’ foundation of the calculus was attacked.


Pure Mathematic Ontological Argument Fundamental Experience False Idea Mere Idea 
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  1. 1.
    In the theses A to G on pp. 132-3 this point is explained once again, though in a more succinct manner.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Namely: Alhazen, Apollonius, Archimedes, Barrow, J. Bernoulli, Tycho Brahe, Cassini, Clavius, Copernicus, Euclides, Flamsteed, Galilei, Gemma, Gregory,’ s Gravesande, Halley, Hipparchus, la Hire, Huygens, Kepler, Leibniz, Mariotte, Newton, Proclus, Ptolemaeus, Fr. van Schoten, Stevin, Varignon, Wallis, and Johan de Witt.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Keill, Raphson, Spinoza, Whiston, and Wolff.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Cf. Beth (1959), pp. 39-41.Google Scholar

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