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Journal of Early Modern Studies

Volume 2, Issue 2, Fall 2013

Edward Slowik
Pages 56-77
DOI: 10.7761/JEMS.2.2.56

Leibniz and the Metaphysics of Motion

This essay develops an interpretation of Leibniz’ theory of motion that strives to integrate his metaphysics of force with his doctrine of the equivalence of hypotheses, but which also supports a realist, as opposed to a fully idealist, interpretation of his natural philosophy. Overall, the modern approaches to Leibniz’ physics that rely on a fixed spacetime backdrop, classical mechanical constructions, or absolute speed, will be revealed as deficient, whereas a more adequate interpretation will be advanced that draws inspiration from an invariantist conception of reality and recent non-classical theories of physics.

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