Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Vis Vim Vi: Declinations of Force in Leibniz’s Dynamics

Authors: Tho, Tzuchien

  • Studies the intersection between Leibniz's natural science and metaphysics
  • Creates a bridge between the history of physics and contemporary philosophy of science
  • Contributes to ongoing debates with historians and philosophers
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This book presents a systematic reconstruction of Leibniz’s dynamics project (c. 1676-1700) that contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of the concepts of physical causality in Leibniz’s work and 17th century physics. It argues that Leibniz’s theory of forces privileges the causal relationship between structural organization and physical phenomena instead of body-to-body mechanical causation. The mature conception of Leibnizian force is not the power of one body to cause motion in another, but a kind of structural causation related to the configuration of integral systems of bodies in physical evolution. By treating the immanent philosophy of Leibniz’s dynamics, this book makes explicit the systematic aims and inherent limits of Leibniz's physical project, in addition to providing an alternative vision of the scientific understanding of the physical world in the late 17th and early 18th century.

About the authors

Tzuchien Tho is postdoctoral research fellow at the Università degli Studi di Milano and formerly at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (University of Bucharest). He has published papers on the intersections of mathematics, ontology and natural science in the 17th and the 20th century.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction, Chronology and Historiography

    Tho, Tzuchien

    Pages 1-14

  • What Is Structural Causation?

    Tho, Tzuchien

    Pages 15-40

  • The Equivalence of Hypotheses and Dynamical Causation

    Tho, Tzuchien

    Pages 41-65

  • Continuity and Causation in the Dynamics

    Tho, Tzuchien

    Pages 67-91

  • The Changing Concept of the Equipollence of Cause and Effect

    Tho, Tzuchien

    Pages 93-117

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eBook £56.99
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Hardcover £72.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59053-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vis Vim Vi: Declinations of Force in Leibniz’s Dynamics
Authors
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
46
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59055-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59055-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59053-0
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 147
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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