The New Synthese Historical Library

Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Forms

Between Continuity and Transformation

Editors: Nita, Adrian (Ed.)

  • Provides a unique focus on one particularly significant moment in Leibniz's work
  • Highlights the relevance of Leibniz's work in the life sciences for his developing metaphysics
  • Brings together in one volume cutting-edge research by scholars from around the world
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About this book

This anthology is about the signal change in Leibniz’s metaphysics with his explicit adoption of substantial forms in 1678-79. This change can either be seen as a moment of discontinuity with his metaphysics of maturity or as a moment of continuity, such as a passage to the metaphysics from his last years. 

Between the end of his sejour at Paris (November 1676) and the first part of the Hanover period, Leibniz reformed his dynamics and began to use the theory of corporeal substance. This book explores a very important part of the philosophical work of the young Leibniz.

Expertise from around the globe is collated here, including Daniel Garber’s work based on the recent publication of Leibniz's correspondence from the late 1690s, examining how the theory of monads developed during these crucial years. Richard Arthur argues that the introduction of substantial forms, reinterpreted as enduring primitive forces of action in each corporeal substance, allows Leibniz to found the reality of the phenomena of motion in force and thus avoid reducing motion to a mere appearance.

Amongst other themes covered in this book, Pauline Phemister’s paper investigates Leibniz’s views on animals and plants, highlighting changes, modifications and elaborations over time of Leibniz’s views and supporting arguments and paying particular attention to his claim that the future is already contained in the seeds of living things. The editor, Adrian Nita, contributes a paper on the continuity or discontinuity of Leibniz’s work on the question of the unity and identity of substance from the perspective of the relation with soul (anima) and mind (mens).

About the authors

Adrian Nita is Professor of Philosophy at University of Craiova (Romania) and managing editor of the Revue roumaine de philosophie. He is the author of La métaphysique du temps chez Leibniz et Kant (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2008).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction. Leibniz’s Metaphysics and the Adoption of Substantial Forms

    Nita, Adrian

    Pages 1-9

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  • The Individual in Leibniz’s Philosophy, 1663–1686

    Mare, Lucio (et al.)

    Pages 11-25

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  • Substance, Unity and Identity in Early Leibniz’s Work

    Nita, Adrian

    Pages 27-41

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  • Hylomorphism (Even) Without Matter? Transtemporal Sameness and the Rehabilitation of Substantial Form in Leibniz’s Theory of Substance

    Bella, Stefano

    Pages 43-58

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  • Essential Differences. Or, an Exercise in Symptomatic History of Philosophy

    Pasini, Enrico

    Pages 59-72

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Forms
Book Subtitle
Between Continuity and Transformation
Editors
  • Adrian Nita
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
74
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9956-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9956-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9955-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0222-3
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 176
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