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Science and Religion Seminar

The nature of the philosophical debate on the merits of Newtonianism has several dimensions. From the 1690s through the 1730s Newtonian ideas came under mounting criticism, which also was a period when Newtonianism established itself as a fully-fledged ideology or set of ideas in the scientific world. The aim of this paper is to talk about the religious implications of Newtonianism in the Eighteenth Century, and introduce thinkers that responded to this via new cosmologies. It will be argued that responses to Newtonianism came from both religious and scientific circles in the eighteenth century. This subject also demonstrates the intricate the relationship between science and religion in the eighteenth century.

Short Bio: Derya Gurses Tarbuck is Assistant Professor in History at Bahcesehir University, Turkey. She obtained her PhD in intellectual history at Bilkent University in Turkey and has since held fellowship positions at UCLA, Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. She has published extensively on eighteenth-century intellectual history. Her book titled Enlightenment Reformation: Hutchinsonianism and Religion in Eighteenth-Century Britain has been published by Routledge in 2016.