Sereda, Kyle (2012) Was Leibniz the First Spacetime Structuralist? In:  Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.
I argue that the standard interpretation of Leibniz as a relationist about space is mistaken, and defend a reading according to which his correspondence with Samuel Clarke actually suggests that Leibniz holds a view closely resembling modern spacetime structuralism. I distinguish my proposal from Belot's recent reading of Leibniz as a modal relationist, arguing for the superiority of my reading based on the Clarke correspondence and on Leibniz's conception of God's relation to the created world. I note a tension between my proposal and Leibniz's ontology, and suggest that a solution is forthcoming and worth pursuing.
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|Item Type: ||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Keywords: ||Leibniz, Clarke, Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence, Belot, space, spacetime structuralism, relationism, modal relationism, substantivalism, structural realism, ontic structural realism|
|Subjects: ||General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science|
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
|Conferences and Volumes: || Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers|
|Depositing User: ||Mr. Kyle Sereda|
|Date Deposited: ||15 Oct 2012 09:12|
|Last Modified: ||15 Oct 2012 09:12|
|Item ID: ||9370|
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