Leibniz and the Structure of Sciences

Modern Perspectives on the History of Logic, Mathematics, Epistemology

  • Vincenzo De Risi

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 337)

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About this book


The book offers a collection of essays on various aspects of Leibniz’s scientific thought, written by historians of science and world-leading experts on Leibniz. The essays deal with a vast array of topics on the exact sciences: Leibniz’s logic, mereology, the notion of infinity and cardinality, the foundations of geometry, the theory of curves and differential geometry, and finally dynamics and general epistemology. Several chapters attempt a reading of Leibniz’s scientific works through modern mathematical tools, and compare Leibniz’s results in these fields with 19th- and 20th-Century conceptions of them. All of them have special care in framing Leibniz’s work in historical context, and sometimes offer wider historical perspectives that go much beyond Leibniz’s researches. A special emphasis is given to effective mathematical practice rather than purely epistemological thought. The book is addressed to all scholars of the exact sciences who have an interest in historical research and Leibniz in particular, and may be useful to historians of mathematics, physics, and epistemology, mathematicians with historical interests, and philosophers of science at large.


Leibniz’s Mereology Leibniz and the Calculus of Variations The Logic of Containment and Coincidence Leibniz’s Parisian manuscripts Leibniz’s work in historical context Leibniz’s scientific thought Leibniz’s mature physics Continuity in Elementary Geometry Teleology and Realism in Leibniz’s Philosophy Leibniz in Cantor’s Paradise Valérie Debuiche and David Rabouin on the Plurality of Spaces Geometrical Exactness in Leibniz’s Parisian Manuscripts Elasticity as Continuity in Leibniz’s Mature Physics Leibniz’s Philosophy of Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Vincenzo De Risi
    • 1
  1. 1.Labratoire SPHère - CNRS, Paris, FranceMax Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25571-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25572-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7942
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