Date of this Version

October 1995

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Harrison, Peter (1995) ‘Newtonian Science, Miracles, and the Laws of Nature’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 56, 531-53.

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Abstract

Sir Isaac Newton, along with his most prominent disciples, William Whiston and Samuel Clarke, came to understand miracles in a way quite different from their 17th century predecessors. Newton and his disciples admitted the existence of miracles but denied that any philosophical sense could be made of the claim that they were breaches of natural law.

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