PhD and postdoctoral positions: Responses to Newton’s Mathematical-Experimental Paradigm in 18th-Century Philosophy

Applications are now open for three four-year PhD positionsthree four-year postdoctoral positions, and one two-year postdoctoral position in the history of modern philosophy and/or history and philosophy of science.

The selected applicants will carry out part of the recently awarded project ‘Responses to Newton’s Mathematical-Experimental Paradigm in 18th-Century Philosophy’ (RENEW18). The project is funded by the Belgian research councils FWO and F.R.S.-FNRS (EOS) and led by Karin de Boer (KU Leuven), Steffen Ducheyne (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Arnaud Pelletier (Université libre de Bruxelles).

For further information on the project, the vacancies, and the application tools, click here.

RENEW18 aims to bring the widely divergent responses to the mathematical-experimental paradigm elaborated in Newton’s Principia mathematica (1687) and Opticks (1704) by 18th-century philosophers into focus. The project studies the direct and indirect effects of Newton’s works on philosophers who drew on Aristotelian, Cartesian, Leibnizian, and Wolffian sources. It covers the period between 1700 and 1800, treats developments in the Dutch Republic, England, France, and Germany, and foregrounds the impact of non-canonical authors and movements on canonical authors and vice versa.

Applications due 19 April 2022