G.W. Leibniz, Interrelations between Mathematics and by Norma B. Goethe, Philip Beeley, David Rabouin

By Norma B. Goethe, Philip Beeley, David Rabouin

Up to now there were scarcely any guides on Leibniz devoted to investigating the interrelations among philosophy and arithmetic in his concept. partially this is often end result of the formerly constrained textual foundation of variations comparable to these produced via Gerhardt. via fresh volumes of the medical letters and mathematical papers sequence of the Academy variation students have received a far richer textual foundation on which to behavior their stories - fabric which permits readers to determine interconnections among his philosophical and mathematical principles that have no longer formerly been manifested. the current publication attracts generally from this lately released fabric. The individuals are top-of-the-line of their fields. Their commissioned papers disguise thematically salient points of many of the ways that philosophy and arithmetic educated one another in Leibniz's thought.

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Russell, Bertrand. 1937. A critical exposition of the philosophy of Leibniz. New impression with a new preface. 2nd ed. London: George Allen Unwin Ltd. Sasaki, Chikara. 2004. Descartes’s Mathematical Thought. Dordrecht: Kluwer. Serres, Michel. 1968. Le Système de Leibniz et ses modèles mathématiques. F. Leibniz, Philosopher Mathematician and Mathematical Philosopher Philip Beeley Of the numerous constants in Leibniz’s philosophy, stretching from his intellectually formative years in Leipzig and Jena through to the mature writings of the Monadology conceived largely in Hanover and Berlin, few are as remarkable as his conviction that a firm understanding of the concepts of unity and infinity ultimately provide the key to developing sound metaphysics.

Significantly, the characterization of the magnitude of point as being smaller than any magnitude which can be given negates the absolute and thus opens up the possibility of quantitative relations between points themselves. In Theoria motus abstracti, Leibniz defines the phoronomic concept of conatus analogously to the concept of point as the beginning or end of motion. Just as point is ontologically the limit of a line, so conatus is ontologically the limit of a motion. But points fulfilled this function already within the Aristotelian tradition, where they are conceived as being true indivisibles.

Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, ed. Prussian Academy of Sciences (and successors); now: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. 8 series, Darmstadt (subsequently: Leipzig); now: Berlin: Otto Reichl (and successors); now: Akademie Verlag. [quoted as A]. Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. 1993. De quadratura arithmetica circuli ellipseos et hyperbolae cujus corollarium est trigonometria sine tabulis, ed. Eberhard Knobloch. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht. Mahnke, Dietrich.

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