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Hylarie Kochiras
University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
Academic Year 2010-11
Project:  Newton and the Transition from Natural Philosophy to Science

Hylarie Kochiras specializes in early modern philosophy of science, with an emphasis upon the thought of Isaac Newton.  She is especially interested in problems about the nature of substance, matter, force and causation, and is currently working on a book project, “Newton and the Transition from Natural Philosophy to Science”.   She completed her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked in metaphysics and epistemology before turning to the early modern period.  She was a visiting assistant professor for two years at the University of Buffalo before accepting a postdoctoral fellowship at Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science.  She is also interested in visual arts of the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods, and enjoys hiking when time permits.

October 2011
Final revisions completed during fellowship at CPS:
· “Gravity’s Cause and Substance Counting: Contextualizing the Problems”, Studies in History
and Philosophy of Science (March, 2011) 42(1): 167-184.
· “Two Senses of Activity and Gravity in Newton’s Treatise” (under review)
Begun and completed during fellowship at CPS:
· “Spiritual Presence and Dimensional Space beyond the Cosmos”, Intellectual History Review,
special issue on space and time in the seventeenth century (forthcoming)
· “Inertia”, in L. Nolan (ed.), The Descartes Lexicon, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
· “Subtle Matter”, in L. Nolan (ed.), The Descartes Lexicon, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
Begun and nearly completed during fellowship at CPS:
· “By ye Divine Arm: Substance and Method in De gravitatione

Begun during fellowship at CPS and currently in progress:
· “Newton and the Doctrine of Holenmerism”
·  “Newton and the Mechanical Philosophy”, with Peter Machamer and J.E. McGuire, for Southern Journal of Philosophy, 50th anniversary issue devoted to Newton and Newtonianism

May 2012
Articles:
“Newton and the Mechanical Philosophy: Gravitation as the Balance of the Heavens”, with Peter Machamer and J.E.McGuire, 50th anniversary issue on Newton and Newtonianism, Southern Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
“Spiritual Presence and Dimensional Space beyond the Cosmos”, special issue on absolute space and time, Intellectual History Review, 22(1) 2012: 4168

“Newton’s Quandary about Action at a Distance”, New Europe College Yearbook for 2011-2012

Causal Language and the Structure of Force in Newton’s System of the World” (resubmission to British Journal for the History of Science is currently under review)
“By ye Divine Arm: God and Substance in De gravitatione” (revise and resubmit to Religious Studies)

Presentations, peer-reviewed and invited:
European Society for the History of Science; Athens, Greece (Nov. 1-3, 2012): "Newton, Gravity, and the Mechanical Philosophy"
7th Quadrennial Fellows Conference of Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science, Mu5la, Turkey (June 14, 2012): “Newton on Matter and Space”
University of Pisa, (April 16, 2012): “Conceptions of the Mechanical Philosophy: Boyle, Descartes, and Newton”
Ghent University, conference on “Isaac Newton and his Reception”, Ghent, Belgium (March 17, 2012): “By ye Divine Arm: Substance and Method in De gravitatione
New Europe College Bucharest, Romania (11am, Feb. 22, 2012); Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest (6pm): “Dimensional and Non-Dimensional Space and the Doctrine that the Spirit is Whole in Every Part”
Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey (January 23, 2012): “Newton, Force, and the Mechanical Philosophy”

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