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Was Leibniz the First Spacetime Structuralist?

Sereda, Kyle (2012) Was Leibniz the First Spacetime Structuralist? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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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
Depositing User: Mr. Kyle Sereda
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 13:12
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 13:12
Item ID: 9370

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