Spring 2019

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science (PHIL541S)

Core seminar of the HPSTM graduate certificate program. Co-taught with Andrew Janiak. 


Methodology of the Empirical Sciences: Newton's Principia (PHIL633S)

With George Smith's 

Newton Lectures livecast from Tufts.

Fall 2018

Problems in natural philosophy from Descartes to Kant (PHIL590S)


Focus: space, time and matter.


Issues include: questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and methodology, and we will cover such topics as absolute versus relative space and time, laws of nature, causality, determinism, and the nature and properties of bodies.


Main characters: Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, Du Châtelet, Euler, d'Alembert.


Supporting cast includes: Spinoza, Locke, Malebranche, Wolff, Berkeley, Maupertuis, Hume, Kant. 

Contact information
Email: katherine.brading@duke.edu

Address: Department of Philosophy
201 West Duke Building
Campus Box 90743
Durham, NC 27708 U.S.A

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