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Was Leibniz the First Spacetime Structuralist?

Sereda, Kyle (2012) Was Leibniz the First Spacetime Structuralist? In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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: [2012] 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
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9370

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