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The ‘Properties’ of Leibnizian Space: Whither Relationism?

Slowik, Edward (2010) The ‘Properties’ of Leibnizian Space: Whither Relationism? UNSPECIFIED.

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    This essay examines the metaphysical foundation of Leibniz’s theory of space against the backdrop of the subtantivalism/relationism debate and at the ontological level of material bodies and properties. As will be demonstrated, the details of Leibniz’ theory defy a straightforward categorization employing the standard relationism often attributed to his views. Rather, a more careful analysis of his metaphysical doctrines related to bodies and space will reveal the importance of a host of concepts, such as the foundational role of God, the holism of both geometry and the material world’s interconnections, and the viability and adequacy of a property theory in characterizing his natural philosophy of space.


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    Keywords: Leibniz, space, relational space and motion
    Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    Depositing User: Edward Slowik
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5203
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5203

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