The Leo Apostel Center invites everyone to the 66th of the interdisciplinary
seminars in the 'Foundations Lecture' series. In this series CLEA invites
scholars that are actively engaged in the research on the foundations of a
particular discipline. Their lectures will always be directed to an
interdisciplinary audience, and the discussions aim at confronting the
foundations of the different disciplines.

                    Newton as Philosopher, the very Idea

                         by prof. dr. A. Janiak

             (Department of Philosophy Duke University;
             Director Graduate Program in History and
            Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine)

Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 5 p.m. in auditorium CSB, building F (Esplanade))
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Campus Oefenplein

About the lecture

Newton's Principia established a conceptual framework for all future thinking
about space and time in the early modern period. He famously advanced the view
that natural philosophy presses us to conceive of space from an "absolute" or
"mathematical" point of view. Many of Newton's commentators argued that the
resulting spatial structure is more robust, and perhaps more metaphysically
suspect, than is actually required by natural philosophy. However, I argue that
this structure is in fact required for Newton to articulate his conception of
God. And that conception, in turn, is an essential component of his work within
natural philosophy.

About the speaker

Andrew Janiak earned an M.A. from Michigan while enrolled in its doctoral
program, and a Ph.D. from Indiana in 2001, with a Ph.D. minor in history and
philosophy of science. He wrote his dissertation under Michael Friedman. In
2001-02, Janiak was a postdoctoral fellow at Dibner Institute for the History of
Science and Technology at MIT, having previously been a doctoral fellow at Tel
Aviv University. He joined the Duke faculty in the fall of 2002, and is the new
director of Duke's Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science,
Technology and Medicine. He is the editor of Newton: Philosophical Writings
(Cambridge, 2004), and the author of Newton as Philosopher (Cambridge, 2008)
along with various articles and essays about Newton and Kant. He is currently
writing a new book, Isaac Newton, for Blackwell Publishing's Great Minds series.

The forthcoming book Newton as Philosopher will be presented to the scholarly
and scientific public at this occasion. The presentation with questions will
last about an hour. Afterwards, an hour or more is reserved for an in-depth,
group discussion of the topic. More info at the CLEA office: phone 02-644 26 77
or via the Web-page: