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Chemistry and dynamics in the thought of G.W. Leibniz II (2021)


Is Leibnizian dynamics the New Physics sought in his youth to provide a solution to the problem of body unity/composition? This question can only be answered tentatively. The thesis that I will develop in this second part is that chemical-combinatoria project is not complete without some ideas of dynamics. The idea of form, which since the early Leibniz’s philosophy is projected to give a foundation to the corpuscular theory, only reaches this objective with the theory of conspiring movements that Leibniz develops as the last phase of his dynamics. Within this general objective, this second part develops three secondary issues of importance: Leibniz’s emergent and realistic position, his theory of compounds and the interpretation of the Combinatoria or Characteristica project as a science of forms.

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Authors & Contributors
Arthur, Richard T. W.
Hunter, Michael Cyril William
Boyle, Robert
Davis, Edward B.
Oliver, Simon
Rosengren, Cecilia
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Modern Theology
Perspectives on Science
Pickering & Chatto
Lexington Books
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Form (philosophy)
Matter theory
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Newton, Isaac
Descartes, René
Kant, Immanuel
Boyle, Robert
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
Great Britain

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