Émilie Du Châtelet was one of the most remarkable figures of the early modern Enlightenment. Overcoming the prejudices of her time, she rose to become a prominent philosopher, author and translator in the first half of the eighteenth century. This seminar will focus on Du Châtelet’s magnum opus the Institutions de Physique in which she explicitly attempts to bring together principles and developments of both Newtonian science and Leibnizian philosophy. Topics will include: principles of knowledge, space, time, body, motion, gravity, force and optics. (Taught with Clara Carus.) Syllabus below.
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