International workshop: Eighteenth-century natural philosophy and physics.

Date and venue: 16 September 2015, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, room D.3.04 (D Building)

Organizer: Steffen Ducheyne, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science

9.30-10.00 a.m.: Welcome and Coffee
10.00-10.35 a.m.: Iulia Mihai (Ghent University), ‘D’Alembert and Euler on the Wave Equation’
10.35-11.10 a.m.: Jip van Besouw (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ’s Gravesande on scientific methodology: Calvinist-Leibnizian Metaphysics in Defence of Newtonian Physics?
11.10-11.30 a.m.: Coffee Break
11.30-12.05 a.m.: Marco Storni (École normale supérieure), ‘Maupertuis’ Argument for Newtonianism: Between Logic and Rhetoric’
12.05-12.40 a.m.: Yannick Van den Abbeel (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘Maupertuis and The Principle of Least Action’
12.40-14.00 a.m.: Lunch
14.00-14.45 a.m.: Anne-Lise Rey (Université de Lille I), ‘La démonstration a posteriori du principe de conservation des forces vives par W. J. ’s Gravesande: Une conversion à la métaphysique leibnizienne des corps?’
14.45-15.30 a.m.: Steffen Ducheyne (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘Peter van Musschenbroek’s ‘Newtonianism’ Reconsidered’
15.30-16.00 a.m.: break
16.00-16.45 a.m.: Marij van Strien (Max Planck Institute for History of Science), ‘The Law of Continuity, Determinateness, and the Mathematizability of Nature: Boscovich and his Contemporaries’

Attendance is free, but registration is REQUIRED, on a first come, first served basis. To register please send an e-mail to

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