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Leibniz's Physics

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250913
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250916.003.0015

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Leibniz's Physics

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Leibniz's grounding principle implies that any property of a phenomenon must be grounded in truths about the underlying monads. He took this to imply that empirically supported laws in physics must mirror, somehow, truths about monads. Leibniz vigorously defends mechanism and rejects teleology in physical explanations. He tries to bring teleology into physics (and biology) in a different way, partly through the wrong thesis that Snell's Law is teleological.

Keywords: Leibniz; mechanism; monad; Snell; teleology

Chapter.  8395 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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