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Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz (1646 - 1716) was a German philosopher, logician and mathematician. He is associated with rationalism and the calculus.

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How do Leibniz' possible-worlds model and Heisenberg's view of microphysics relate to each other?

In his answer to a former question @IoannisPaizis presents a quote of Heisenberg from his book Physics and Philosophy The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not as real; they form a world ...
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Brute facts and the burden of proof

I'm trying my best to understand Della Rocca's article "PSR", which I believe convincingly shows that that one cannot reasonably hold that some facts are brute while others are not without a ...
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Extending Leibniz’s Relational Philosophy of Physics from Bodies to Fields

Leibniz stated: "Thus committed to maintaining that if there were nothing more to motion than relative change of position, then, since motion could be ascribed with equal right to, say, Train A ...
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Repetition occuring in Liebiniz? Where?

In Repetition by Soren Kierkegaard,there is a sentence which says this. Just as they taught that all-knowing is recollecting, modern philosophy will teach that all life is a repetition. The only ...
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Leibniz, beginning of Principles of Nature and Grace

What did Leibniz mean at the beginning of "Principles of Nature and Grace," when he said, "Substance is a being capable of action." Afterall, a rock is made of substances, but it ...
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Infinitesimals and plural quantification

In reply to, "Does nature jump?" Mikhail Katz notes that: There is a different idea in Leibniz called the Law of Continuity. One of its formulations is the rules of the finite are found to ...
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What Leibniz should I read if I want to better understand Voltaire?

I keep hearing that Voltaire's Candide is written in response to the ideas of Leibniz. If I wanted to get a better understanding of Voltaire, which works by Leibniz would be most pertinent for me to ...
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Some similarity of Leibniz and Anaxagoras

As early as 1666 Leibniz was able to compose "A Conjecture Why It Seems That Anaxagoras Could Have Said That Snow Is Black" (A II, 1, 4-5). Later, as a librarian, he became extraordinarily well read ...
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What is this 3rd viewpoint on Absolute and Relational Space known as?

So I've been obsessing about absolute and relative motion: What is the nature of motion in physical theories and theorizing, and is there any significance to the distinction between ‘absolute’ and ‘...
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Leibniz's theory of subtance and causal interaction - with God

It follows from Leibniz' complete concept theory of truth that substances have no causal interaction with another. But Leibniz also says that created substances depend on God and that God conserves ...
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How would Leibniz respond to this objection to his argument for God's existence?

Leibniz argues for the existence of a necessary being using the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR). Any contingent fact about the world must have an explanation. (Principle of sufficient reason) ...
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