Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Newton, Kant, and the Newtonianism of the Eighteenth Century

19th May, 2014

University of Edinburgh


The aim of this one-day colloquium is to explore the far-reaching legacy of Newton’s natural philosophy and eighteenth century Newtonianism for Kant’s thought.  The colloquium is sponsored by the Leverhulme International Network and is hosted at IASH under the joint auspices of IASH and the Eighteenth-Century & Enlightenment Studies Network.


  • Thomas Ahnert (History, University of Edinburgh)
  • John Henry (Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh)
  • Michela Massimi (Philosophy, University of Edinburgh), “Newton, the pre-Critical Kant, and three problems about the lawfulness of nature”
  • Eric Schliesser (Philosophy, University of Ghent), “Necessity, and Newton’s Polemics with Spinoza and Spinozism”

The event is free but to have the numbers for catering, registration is required (please send an email to Dr James Collin at