Newtonian forces

Newtonian forces are pushes and pulls, possessing magnitude and direction, that are exerted (in the first instance) by objects, and which cause (in particular) motions. I defend Newtonian forces against the four best reasons for denying or doubting their existence. A running theme in my defense of forces will be the suggestion that Newtonian Mechanics is a special science, and as such has certain prima facie ontological rights and privileges, that may be maintained against various challenges
Keywords forces  Newtonian forces  metaphysics of science  Newtonian mechanics  classical mechanics
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DOI 10.1093/bjps/axm004
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Olivier Massin (forthcoming). The Composition of Forces. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axv048.

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