The Enlightenment Period

George Berkeley

What was Berkeley’s critique of Newtonian science?

Berkeley did not think that we can have an idea of absolute motion, apart from particular things that move, or of absolute space, apart from specific distances. He thought that Newton’s hypothesis of force and action at a distance might be useful for mathematical calculations, but that there were no grounds to posit it as a real entity.


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