• Steffen DucheyneEmail author
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 29)


From what we have surveyed in the preceding chapters, it has become clear that the hypothesis that Newton was a bad or confused methodologist is beset with many difficulties. Newton was not a simplistic inductivist nor did he believe that causes could be derived unconditionally from phenomena, i.e. he did not believe in the absolute deducibility of theoretical propositions. In  Chapters 2 and  3, I have shown that Newton carefully distinguished between the (physico-)mathematical treatment of force and the physical treatment of force and that he emphasized that the former should always precede the latter in order to uncover the forces present in rerum natura “more safely.” In the (physico-)mathematical treatment of force, Newton explicated the physico-mathematical conditions under which, given the laws of motion, certain motions would occur exactly or quam proxime.


Scientific Methodology Centripetal Force Residual Force Empirical World Universal Gravitation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of ScienceBrusselsBelgium

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