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  1. Edward Slowik (2013). Newton's Neo-Platonic Ontology of Space. Foundations of Science 18 (3):419-448.
    This paper investigates Newton’s ontology of space in order to determine its commitment, if any, to both Cambridge neo-Platonism, which posits an incorporeal basis for space, and substantivalism, which regards space as a form of substance or entity. A non-substantivalist interpretation of Newton’s theory has been famously championed by Howard Stein and Robert DiSalle, among others, while both Stein and the early work of J. E. McGuire have downplayed the influence of Cambridge neo-Platonism on various aspects of Newton’s own spatial (...)
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  2. Edward Slowik (2013). The Deep Metaphysics of Quantum Gravity: The Seventeenth Century Legacy and an Alternative Ontology Beyond Substantivalism and Relationism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (4):490-499.
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  3. Geoffrey A. Gorham & Edward Slowik (2012). Co-Editor and Introduction, Seventeenth Century Absolute Space and Time: Special Issue. Intellectual History Review 22.
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  4. Geoffrey A. Gorham & Edward Slowik (2012). Introduction to Special Issue Seventeenth Century Absolute Space and Time. Intellectual History Review 22:1-17.
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  5. J. E. McGuire & Edward Slowik (2012). Newton's Ontology of Omnipresence and Infinite Space. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6.
     
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  6. Edward Slowik (2012). On Structuralism's Multiple Paths Through Spacetime Theories. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (1):45-66.
    This essay examines the underdetermination problem that plagues structuralist approaches to spacetime theories, with special emphasis placed on the epistemic brands of structuralism, whether of the scientific realist variety or not. Recent non-realist structuralist accounts, by Friedman and van Fraassen, have touted the fact that different structures can accommodate the same evidence as a virtue vis-à-vis their realist counterparts; but, as will be argued, these claims gain little traction against a properly constructed liberal version of epistemic structural realism. Overall, a (...)
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  7. Edward Slowik (2012). Spatiotemporal Analogies. Southern Journal of Philosophy 40 (1):123-134.
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  8. Edward Slowik (2012). The 'Properties' of Leibnizian Space: Whither Relationism? Intellectual History Review 22 (1):107-129.
    This essay examines the metaphysical foundation of Leibniz’s theory of space against the backdrop of the subtantivalism/relationism debate and at the ontological level of material bodies and properties. As will be demonstrated, the details of Leibniz’ theory defy a straightforward categorization employing the standard relationism often attributed to his views. Rather, a more careful analysis of his metaphysical doctrines related to bodies and space will reveal the importance of a host of concepts, such as the foundational role of God, the (...)
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  9. Geoffrey Gorham & Edward Slowik (2011). Introduction. Intellectual History Review 22 (1):1-3.
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  10. Edward Slowik (2011). Newton, the Parts of Space, and the Holism of Spatial Ontology. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (2):249-272.
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  11. Edward Slowik (2011). Tad M. Schmaltz . Descartes on Causation . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. 237. $85.00 (Cloth). Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (1):165-169.
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  12. Edward S. Slowik (2011). Mechanics From Aristotle to Einstein. Annals of Science 68 (1):142-144.
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  13. Edward Slowik (2010). Review of Kurt Smith, Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (12).
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  14. Edward Slowik (2010). Studies in Leibniz's Natural Philosophy. Metascience 19 (3):395-397.
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  15. Edward Slowik (2009). Another Go-Around on Leibniz and Rotation. The Leibniz Review 19:131-137.
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  16. Edward Slowik (2009). Newton's Metaphysics of Space: A “Tertium Quid” Betwixt Substantivalism and Relationism, or Merely a “God of the (Rational Mechanical) Gaps”? Perspectives on Science 17 (4):pp. 429-456.
    This paper investigates the question of, and the degree to which, Newton’s theory of space constitutes a third-way between the traditional substantivalist and relationist ontologies, i.e., that Newton judged that space is neither a type of substance/entity nor purely a relation among such substances. A non-substantivalist reading of Newton has been famously defended by Howard Stein, among others; but, as will be demonstrated, these claims are problematic on various grounds, especially as regards Newton’s alleged rejection of the traditional substance/accident (...)
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  17. Edward Slowik, Descartes' Physics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  18. Edward Slowik, Newton on the Structure and Parts of Space.
    This presentation will investigate the parts of space, and its relationship with metrical structure, in Newton’s natural philosophy. The historical background to Newton’s claims will form an important part of the investigation, in addition to an assessment of the recent articles by Nerlich, Huggett, Maudlin, DiSalle, Torretti, McGuire, and several others, on this subject. While various aspects of these previous contributions will prove informative, it will be argued that the underlying goals of Newton’s pronouncements on the parts of space, including (...)
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  19. Edward Slowik, Newton, the Parts of Space, and Spacetime Structuralism.
    This essay will investigate the interrelationship between the parts of space and topological and metrical structure in Newton’s natural philosophy, as well as its influence in contemporary spacetime debates. The historical background to Newton’s claims will form an important part of the investigation, in addition to an assessment of the recent articles by Nerlich, Huggett, Torretti, DiSalle, and several others, on this subject. While various aspects of these previous contributions will prove informative, it will be argued that the underlying goals (...)
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  20. Edward Slowik (2007). Review of Edward J. Khamara, Space, Time, and Theology in the Leibniz-Newton Controversy. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (1).
  21. Edward Slowik (2007). The Structure of Musical Revolutions. Philosophy Now 59:9-11.
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  22. Edward Slowik, Spacetime and Structure: Structural Realism, Neo-Kantianism Idealism, or Relativized a Priorism?
    The essay examines the relationship, within spacetime theories, between contemporary structural realism, Cassirer’s neo-Kantian structuralism, and Friedman’s defense of the relativized a priori. Despite Friedman’s claim that the relativized a priori can explain the progress of science, by using invariant theoretical elements/structures, our investigation will demonstrate that his theory cannot make this guarantee, nor may Cassirer’s earlier theory. However, as will be argued, the main content of both Cassirer’s and Friedman’s theories can be retained within an epistemic version of structural (...)
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  23. Edward Slowik, Spacetime and Structuralism: Epistemological Realism or Relativized a Priorism?
    The subject of this essay is the relationship, within spacetime theories, between contemporary structural realism and Michael Friedman’s recent defense of the relativized a priori. Despite Friedman’s claims that the relativized a priori can account for the progress and rationality of science, such that the elements and structures of past successful theories will continue to be retained in future successful theories, our investigation will demonstrate that his theory does not have sufficient resources to make this guarantee. However, by exploiting the (...)
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  24. Edward Slowik, Spacetime, Structural Realism, and the Substantival/Relational Debate: An Ontological Investigation From the Perspective of Structural Realism in the Philosophy of Mathematics.
    This essay explores structural realist interpretation of spacetime with special emphasis on the close interrelationship between, on the one hand, ontological debates in spacetime structural realism and, on the other, foundational investigations in structural realism in the philosophy of mathematics. Drawing on various structuralist approaches in the philosophy of mathematics, as well as on the theoretical complexities of General Relativity, this investigation will reveal that a structuralist approach can serve as a useful means of deflating some of the ontological and (...)
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  25. Edward Slowik (2006). The “Dynamics” of Leibnizian Relationism: Reference Frames and Force in Leibniz's Plenum. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (4):617-634.
  26. Edward Slowik (2005). On the Cartesian Ontology of General Relativity: Or, Conventionalism in the History of the Substantival-Relational Debate. Philosophy of Science 72 (5):1312-1323.
  27. Edward Slowik (2005). Natural Laws, Universals, and the Induction Problem. Philosophia 32 (1-4):241-251.
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  28. Edward Slowik (2005). Spacetime, Ontology, and Structural Realism. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 19 (2):147 – 166.
    This essay explores the possibility of constructing a structural realist interpretation of spacetime theories that can resolve the ontological debate between substantivalists and relationists. Drawing on various structuralist approaches in the philosophy of mathematics, as well as on the theoretical complexities of general relativity, our investigation will reveal that a structuralist approach can be beneficial to the spacetime theorist as a means of deflating some of the ontological disputes regarding similarly structured spacetimes.
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  29. Edward Slowik, The Fate of Mathematical Place: Objectivity and the Theory of Lived-Space From Husserl to Casey.
    This essay explores theories of place, or lived-space, as regards the role of objectivity and the problem of relativism. As will be argued, the neglect of mathematics and geometry by the lived-space theorists, which can be traced to the influence of the early phenomenologists, principally the later Husserl and Heidegger, has been a major contributing factor in the relativist dilemma that afflicts the lived-space movement. By incorporating various geometrical concepts within the analysis of place, it is demonstrated that the lived-space (...)
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  30. Edward Slowik (2004). Hume and the Perception of Spatial Magnitude. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (3):355 - 373.
    This paper investigates Hume's theory of the perception of spatial magnitude or size as developed in the _Treatise, as well as its relation to his concepts of space and geometry. The central focus of the discussion is Hume's espousal of the 'composite' hypothesis, which holds that perceptions of spatial magnitude are composed of indivisible sensible points, such that the total magnitude of a visible figure is a derived by-product of its component parts. Overall, it will be argued that a straightforward (...)
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  31. Edward Slowik (2003). Myth, Music, and Science: Teaching the Philosophy of Science Through the Use of Non-Scientific Examples. Science and Education 12 (3):289-302.
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  32. Edward Slowik (2002). Descartes' Forgotten Hypotheses on Motion. Journal of Philosophical Research 27:433-448.
    This essay explores two of the more neglected hypotheses that comprise, or supplement, Descartes’ relationalist doctrine of bodily motion. These criteria are of great importance, for they would appear to challenge Descartes’ principal judgment that motion is a purely reciprocal change of a body’s contiguous neighborhood. After critiquing the work of the few commentators who have previously examined these forgotten hypotheses, mainly, D. Garber and M. Gueroult, the overall strengths and weaknesses of Descartes’ supplementary criteria will be assessed. Overall, despite (...)
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  33. Edward Slowik (2002). Spatiotemporal Analogies: Are Space and Time Similar? Southern Journal of Philosophy 40 (1):123-134.
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  34. Justin Leiber, Valdir Ramalho & Edward Slowik (2001). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 28 (1-4):563-576.
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  35. Edward Slowik (2001). Descartes and Individual Corporeal Substance. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):1 – 15.
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  36. Edward Slowik (2001). Rouse-Ing Out the Legitimation Project: Scientific Practice and the Problem of Demarcation. Ratio 14 (2):171–184.
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  37. Edward Slowik (1999). Descartes and Circular Inertia. The Modern Schoolman 77 (1):1-11.
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  38. Edward Slowik (1999). Descartes' Quantity of Motion: 'New Age' Holism Meets the Cartesian Conservation Principle. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 80 (2):178–202.
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  39. Edward Slowik (1999). Descartes, Spacetime, and Relational Motion. Philosophy of Science 66 (1):117-139.
    This paper examines Descartes' problematic relational theory of motion, especially when viewed within the context of his dynamics, the Cartesian natural laws. The work of various commentators on Cartesian motion is also surveyed, with particular emphasis placed upon the recent important texts of Garber and Des Chene. In contrast to the methodology of most previous interpretations, however, this essay employs a modern "spacetime" approach to the problem. By this means, the role of dynamics in Descartes' theory, which has often been (...)
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  40. Edward Slowik (1999). In Praise of the Legitimation Project. Philosophia 27 (3-4):599-612.
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  41. Edward Slowik (1999). Moral and Scientific Explanation. Cogito 13 (1):39-44.
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  42. Richard N. Manning & Edward Slowik (1998). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 26 (3-4):551-573.
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  43. Edward Slowik (1998). Cartesianism and the Kinematics of Mechanisms: Or, How to Find Fixed Reference Frames in a Cartesian Space-Time. Noûs 32 (3):364-385.
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  44. Edward Slowik (1997). Huygens' Center-of-Mass Space-Time Reference Frame: Constructing a Cartesian Dynamics in the Wake of Newton's “de Gravitatione” Argument. Synthese 112 (2):247-269.
    This paper explores the possibility of constructing a Cartesian space-time that can resolve the dilemma posed by a famous argument from Newton's early essay, De gravitatione. In particular, Huygens' concept of a center-of-mass reference frame is utilized in an attempt to reconcile Descartes' relationalist theory of space and motion with both the Cartesian analysis of bodily impact and conservation law for quantity of motion. After presenting a modern formulation of a Cartesian space-time employing Huygens' frames, a series of Newtonian counter-replies (...)
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  45. Edward Slowik (1997). Plato's 'Mirror-Image' Theory of Particulars. Cogito 11 (3):199-205.
  46. Edward Slowik (1996). Perfect Solidity: Natural Laws and the Problem of Matter in Descartes' Universe. History of Philosophy Quarterly 13 (2):187 - 204.
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