Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Émilie du Châtelet" by Karen Detlefsen

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Primary Sources

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  • Condillac, Etienne Bonnot, Abbé de, A Treatise on Systems, Franklin Philip and Harlan Lane (trans.), Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, [1749] 1982.
  • Descartes, René. Oeuvres de Descartes, 11 volumes, C. Adam and P. Tannery (eds.), Paris: J. Vrin, 1964–76. [Cited with abbreviation “AT” by volume and page number.]
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  • –––, The Philosophical Writings of Descartes (Volume 3: The Correspondence), John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch and Anthony Kenny (trans.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. [Cited with abbreviation “CSMK” by page number.]
  • Diderot, Denis (ed.), Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, Paris, 1765.
  • Du Châtelet, Émilie, Les lettres de la Marquise du Châtelet, Theodore Besterman (ed.), Geneva: Institut et Musée Voltaire, 1958, 2 volumes.
  • –––, Institutions de physique, Paris, 1740. [Cited by section number.]
  • –––, Institutions physiques: Nouvelle edition, in Gesammelte Werke (Abt. 3, Band 28: Materialien und Dokumente), Jean Ecole (ed.), Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Olms, 1988. (Original publication date: 1742.]
  • –––, Lettres inédites de madame de Chastelet à M. le comte d'Argental, Paris: Déterville, Lenormand, Petit, 1806; reprinted Elbrion Classics, 2005. (Scholar)
  • –––, Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings, Judith P. Zinsser (ed.), Isabelle Bour and Judith P. Zinsser (trans.), Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2009. [Unless indicated in the text, translations are from this volume, and are indicated after the reference to Du Châtelet's text by page number.]
  • Gassendi, Pierre, Disquisitio metaphysica seu dubitationes et instantiae adversus Renati Cartesii metaphysicam et responsa, edited and translated into French by Bernard Rochot, Paris: Vrin, 1962; in Pierre Gassendi, Opera omnia, 6 volumes, Lyon: 1658, Vol. III. (Scholar)
  • Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, fourth edition, Peter H. Nidditch (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975. [Originally published 1695.]
  • Mariotte, Edme. Essai de logique, 1678; in Oeuvres, volume ii. (Scholar)
  • Newton, Isaac, The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, 7 volumes, H.W. Turnbull, J.F. Scott, A.R. Hall, and L. Tilling (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1959–77.
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  • –––, Eléments de la philosophie de Newton, Robert L. Walters and W.H. Barber (eds.), Volume 15 of The Complete Works of Voltaire, W.H. Barber and Ulla Kölving (gen. eds.), Oxford: University of Oxford Press, 1992. [Original publication 1738.]
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Secondary Sources

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  • Anstey, Peter, 2005, “Experimental versus Speculative Natural Philosophy”, in The Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Century, Peter Anstey and John A. Schuster (eds.), Dordrecht: Springer, 215–242. (Scholar)
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  • Barber, William H., 1967, “Mme du Châtelet and Leibnizianism: the genesis of the Institutions de physique”, in The Age of Enlightenment: Studies Presented to Theodore Besterman, W.H. Barber, J.H. Brumfitt, R.A. Leigh, R. Shackelton, and S.S.B. Taylor (eds.), Edinburgh: University Court of the University of St. Andrews, 200–22. (Scholar)
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  • Gireau-Geneaux, Annie, 2001, “Mme Du Châtelet entre Leibniz et Newton: matière, force et substance”, in Cirey dans la vie intellectualle: La réception de Newton en France, François de Gandt (ed.), Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 11: 173–186. (Scholar)
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