Logic and Logical Philosophy 16 (4):265-288 (2007)

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Steffen Ducheyne
University of Ghent
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In this essay the authors explore the nature of efficient causal explanation in Newton’s "Principia and The Opticks". It is argued that: (1) In the dynamical explanations of the Principia, Newton treats the phenomena under study as cases of Hall’s second kind of atypical causation. The underlying concept of causation is therefore a purely interventionist one. (2) In the descriptions of his optical experiments, Newton treats the phenomena under study as cases of Hall’s typical causation. The underlying concept of causation is therefore a mixed interventionist/mechanicist one
Keywords "Principia"  Newton, (efficient) causation  "The Opticks"
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DOI 10.12775/LLP.2007.008
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