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Atom and Individual in the Age of Newton


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1. Problems and Methods of Analysis.- 2. Science and Philosophy; Newton and Leibniz.- 3. ‘Absolute’ and ‘Relative’ Space.- 4. Newton’s Theory of Space and the Space Theory of Newtonianism.- 5. The Leibniz-Newton Discussion and the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence.- One/Element and System in Classical Mechanics.- I. Newton’s Justification of the Theory of Absolute Space.- II. Leibniz’s Foundations of Dynamics.- III. The Discussion Between Leibniz and Newton on the Concept of Science.- Two/Element and System in Modern Philosophy.- IV. The Concept of Element in 17th Century Natural Philosophy.- V. The Concept of Element in the Systematic Philosophy of Hobbes.- VI. The Concept of Element in 18th Century Social Philosophy.- VII. The Relationship Between Natural and Social Philosophy in the Work of Newton, Rousseau, and Smith.- Three/On the Social History of the Bourgeois Concept of the Individual.- VIII. England Before the Revolution.- IX. The Antifeudal Social Philosophy of Hobbes.- X. The Rise of Civil Society in England.- XI. Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society.- XII. Civil Society and Analytic-Synthetic Method.- Four/Atom and Individual.- XIII. The Bourgeois Individual and the Essential Properties of a Particle in Newton’s Thought.- XIV. Element and System in the Philosophy of Leibniz.- Afterword.- Notes.- Bibliography of Works Cited.- List of Abbreviations.- Name Index.

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