Leibniz and the Natural World: Activity, Passivity and Corporeal Substances in Leibniz's Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

In the present book, Pauline Phemister argues against traditional Anglo-American interpretations of Leibniz as an idealist who conceives ultimate reality as a plurality of mind-like immaterial beings and for whom physical bodies are ultimately unreal and our perceptions of them illusory. Re-reading the texts without the prior assumption of idealism allows the more material aspects of Leibniz's metaphysics to emerge. Leibniz is found to advance a synthesis of idealism and materialism.
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"[Leibniz and the Natural World] lives up admirably to its ambitious aims. [...] in arguing for her main thesis, Phemister also provides an original and fascinating approach to two formidable challenges in Leibniz's scholarship. [...] There is much more to be found in this rich book, which any serious student of Leibniz's metaphysics should study." (Ohad Nachtomy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16:1, 2008)

"[...] Phemister's book is a defiant attempt to free Leibniz from the fetters of this misinterpretation, and her eloquent arguments will do much to turn the tide in favour of a more balanced assessment of his natural philosophy." (Richard Arthur, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, in The Philosophical Quarterly 57:226, 2007)

"Phemister's book is a clear and insightful study [...], and deserves the attention of everyone who wishes to appreciate Leibniz in all his depth and range." (Justin E.H. Smith, Concordia University, Canada, in The Leibniz Review Vol. 16, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402034008
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 8/11/2005
  • Series: New Synthese Historical Library Series , #58
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Substances : public and private 7
2 Primary matter 31
3 Extension 57
4 The composition of bodies 81
5 The composition of the continuum 105
6 Perceptions and perceivers 133
7 Phenomenal bodies 161
8 Derivative forces 187
9 Pre-established harmony 213
10 Freedom 241
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