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Leibniz: Representation, Continuity and the Spatiotemporal


Part of the Science and Philosophy book series (SCPH, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Dionysios A. Anapolitanos
    Pages 1-49
  3. Dionysios A. Anapolitanos
    Pages 50-93
  4. Dionysios A. Anapolitanos
    Pages 94-173
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 175-195

About this book


Anapolitanos critically examines and evaluates three basic characteristics of the Leibnizian metaphysical system: Leibniz's version of representation; the principle of continuity; and space, time, and the phenomenally spatio-temporal.
Chapter I discusses representation, especially as it refers to the connection between the real and the phenomenal levels of Leibniz's system. Chapter II examines the principle of continuity, including continuity as a general feature of every level of Leibniz's metaphysics. The position adopted is that the problem of the composition of the continuum played a central role on the development of Leibniz's non-spatial and non-temporal monadic metaphysics. The machinery developed is then used to offer a new interpretation of Leibniz' metaphysics of space and time. The notion of indirect representation is used to construct appropriate models that clarify the nature of the correspondence between the real and the phenomenal levels in the case of the relations `spatially between' and `temporally between', as well as in the cases of spatial and temporal density. Finally, Leibniz's solution to the problem of the continuum is discussed, arguing that it is not entirely satisfactory. A non-anachronistic alternative is proposed, compatible with Leibniz's metaphysics of substance.


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Spatiotemporal continuity metaphysics metaphysics of substance phenomenal levels principle of continuity problem of the continuum representationalism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Leibniz: Representation, Continuity and the Spatiotemporal
  • Authors D.A. Anapolitanos
  • Series Title Science and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5476-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5138-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9147-8
  • Series ISSN 0924-4697
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
    Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Mind
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`... the interested reader will find this book to be a precious and illuminating tool for tackling Leibniz's philosophical and physico-mathematical ideas.'
Mathematical Reviews, 2000f