The New Synthese Historical Library

Machines of Nature and Corporeal Substances in Leibniz

Editors: Smith, Justin E. H., Nachtomy, Ohad (Eds.)

  • Offers articles from some of the best Leibniz scholars working today
  • Is a unique collection of articles focused on the relations between Leibniz's distinctive notion of natural machine and his notion of corporeal substance
  • Presents recent and updated research on the complex origins of the concept of organism in Leibniz's writings
  • Represents a groundbreaking instance of collaboration and cross-pollination between the Anglo-Saxon and French traditions of history-of-philosophy scholarship
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About this book

In recent decades, there has been much scholarly controversy as to the basic ontological commitments of the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). The old picture of his thought as strictly idealistic, or committed to the ultimate reduction of bodies to the activity of mind, has come under attack, but Leibniz's precise conceptualization of bodies, and the role they play in his system as a whole, is still the subject of much controversy. One thing that has become clear is that in order to understand the nature of body in Leibniz, and the role body plays in his philosophy, it is crucial to pay attention to the related concepts of organism and of corporeal substance, the former being Leibniz's account of the structure of living bodies (which turn out, for him, to be the only sort of bodies there are), and the latter being an inheritance from the Aristotelian hylomorphic tradition which Leibniz appropriates for his own ends. This volume brings together papers from many of the leading scholars of Leibniz's thought, all of which deal with the cluster of questions surrounding Leibniz's philosophy of body.

About the authors

Justin E. H. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is the author of Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life (Princeton University Press, 2010). In 2011 he will be a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Ohad Nachtomy is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is the author of Possibility, Agency, and Individuality in Leibniz's Metaphysics (Springer, 2007).

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This probing collection of essays paints a fuller picture of Leibniz’s natural philosophy by exploring various facets of his views on natural machines and organisms. … This book goes a long way towards filling a lacuna in existing Leibniz scholarship.” (Michael Futch, Metascience, October, 2012)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smith, Justin E.H. (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Leibniz Versus Stahl on the Way Machines of Nature Operate

    Duchesneau, François

    Pages 11-28

  • Leibniz’s Animals: Where Teleology Meets Mechanism

    Hartz, Glenn A.

    Pages 29-37

  • Monads and Machines

    Phemister, Pauline

    Pages 39-60

  • Leibniz on Artificial and Natural Machines: Or What It Means to Remain a Machine to the Least of Its Parts

    Nachtomy, Ohad

    Pages 61-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Machines of Nature and Corporeal Substances in Leibniz
Editors
  • Justin E. H. Smith
  • Ohad Nachtomy
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
67
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0041-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0041-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0040-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3484-5
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 208
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