The Theory of Certainty in its Scientific Context

  • Henry G. Van Leeuwen
Part of the Archives Internationales D’ Histoire des Idees/International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 3)


Joseph Glanvill had presented in rather full detail the theory of certainty generally accepted by the Royal Society, but had not taken the further step of applying it to the physical sciences. This significant step was taken by his friend Robert Boyle and by Sir Isaac Newton; in the presentation of their scientific results the view is put forward that scientific conclusions do not make known nature’s inner structure and are not absolutely certain.


Royal Society Real Structure Real Nature Scientific Context Skeptical Argument 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1970

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  • Henry G. Van Leeuwen

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