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On Knowing—The
Natural Sciences

Richard McKeon

Compiled by David B. Owen
Edited by David B. Owen
and Zahava K. McKeon

© 1994 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London

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Contents

List of Figures and Tables   ix

Foreward   xi
McK-OnKnowing-NatSci_Foreword.pdf   976 KB

Lecture 1   An Introduction to Philosophic Problems   1
McK-OnKnowing-NatSci_Lecture1.pdf   3.8 MB

Lecture 2   Philosophic Problems in the Natural Sciences   12
McK-OnKnowing-NatSci_Lecture2.pdf   4 MB

Discussion. Plato, Timaeus
Part 1   27d–32c    25
Part 2   32c-37c and 57d-59d    39
Part 3   88c-90d    53

Lecture 3   Motion: Method   60

Lecture 4   Motion: Method (Part 2) and Principle   72

Discussion. Aristotle, Physics
Part 1   Book II, Chapter I    84
Part 2   Book II, Chapter 2; Book III, Chapter 1    91
Part 3   Book III, Chapters 2–3; Book V, Chapters 1–3    104

Lecture 5   Motion: Interpretation   118

Discussion. Galileo, Two New Sciences
Part 1   Third Day: Uniform Motion    130
Part 2   Third Day: Naturally Accelerated Motion    144
Part 3   Third Day: Naturally Accelerated Motion    158
Part 4   Third Day: Naturally Accelerated Motion    172

Lecture 6   Motion: Selection   185

Lecture 7   Motion: Selection (Part 2)   194

Discussion. Newton, Principia Mathematica
Part 1   Preface to First Edition; Book I: Definitions I-II    208
Part 2   Book I: Definitions III–VII    221
Part 3   Book I: Definitions VI-VIII and Scholium    236
Part 4   Book I: Laws of Motion and Corollaries I–VI    251
Part 5   Book I: Corollary VI, Proposition LXXVI; Book III: Propositions IV and VI; Optics: Queries 28–31    267

Lecture 8   Space: Time: Method, Interpretation, and Principle   281

Lecture 9   Time: Method, Interpretation, and Principle   292

Discussion. Maxwell, Matter and Motion
Part 1   Preface; Chapter I: Sections 1–12    304
Part 2   Chapter I: Sections 13–18    317

Lecture 10   Summary: Interpretation, Method, and Principle   330

Discussion. Review   342

Appendix A: Class Schedule   357

Appendix B: Selected Lecture Notes on Necessity, Probability, and Nature   359

Appendix C: Selected Lecture Notes on Democritus and the Sophists   362

Appendix D: Selected Lecture Notes on Cause   364

Appendix E: Complete Lecture Notes for Lecture 10   368

Appendix F: Discussion Notes For Einstein   373

Appendix G: Final Examinations   378

Appendix H: Schema of Philosophic Semantics   380

Notes   381

Index   380