PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Euler's Galilean Philosophy of Science

Here is a phrase never uttered before: "Euler's philosophy of science." No one has given serious consideration to whether Euler had a philosophy of science. His famed ``Letters to a Princess'' is described as a somewhat naive parroting of Newton. But Euler is no Newtonian. His philosophy of science borrows from Leibniz, a little from Descartes (because, not in spite, of his critiques of both), yet is best seen as continuous with Galileo's interpretation of the world as consisting of interacting mechanisms, and the practice of letting sound mechanical description and problem solving dictate one's metaphysics.

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Brian Hepburn    
Philosophy
Wichita State University

 

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