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Newton’s Ontology of Omnipresence and Infinite Space

J. E. Mcguire and Edward Slowik

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659593
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.003.0009

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy

Newton’s Ontology of Omnipresence and Infinite Space

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This chapter explores the role of God’s omnipresence in Newton’s natural philosophy, with special emphasis placed on how God is related to space. Unlike Descartes’ conception, which denies the spatiality of God, or Gassendi and Charleton’s view, which regards God as completely whole in every part of space, it is argued that Newton accepts spatial extension as a basic aspect of God’s omnipresence. The historical background to Newton’s spatial ontology assumes a large part of our investigation, but with attention also focused on the details of Newton’s unique approach to these traditional Scholastic conceptions.

Keywords: Isaac Newton; space; omnipresence; holenmerism; nullibism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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