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Organic Bodies, Part I: Nature and Structure

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Leibniz's theory of organic body. In his early animal–economical texts, for the most part Leibniz is interested in the motion of animal bodies but not the force that underlies ... More


“Que les philosophes medicinassent”: Leibniz’s Encounter with Medicine and its Experimental Context

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Leibniz's principal texts on medicine and related domains. In a broad sense, all of Leibniz's philosophy of biology is at the same time a philosophy of medicine. It begins with ... More


The Nature and Boundaries of Biological Species

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter shows that Leibniz's analysis of the nature and boundaries of biological species is very different from his now well-known nominalist account of the species of, for example, mathematical ... More


Leibniz on Spinoza’s Political Philosophy

Mogens Lerke

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659593
eISBN:
9780191745218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter argues that Spinoza’s political philosophy played an important role in the fact that the mature Leibniz was a strict anti-Spinozist. Leibniz’s reading of Spinoza’s political texts ... More


The “Hydraulico-Pneumatico-Pyrotechnical Machine of Quasi-Perpetual Motion”: Leibniz on Animal Economy

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Leibniz's contribution to “animal economy.” It discusses two distinct periods of Leibniz's direct, active contribution to animal economy: first, the period extending from 1677 ... More


The Divine Preformation of Organic Bodies

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents a comprehensive treatment of Leibniz's theory of divine preformation. It considers his contribution to generation theory in its philosophical context as a central problem of ... More


Introduction

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the place of biology in early modern natural philosophy. “Biology,” though it did not yet exist in name, or even as a discrete domain of ... More


Organic Bodies, Part II: Context and Legacy

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyzes the scientific context in which Leibniz's unique theory of organic bodies took shape. It begins by focusing on the biographical and historical context of Leibniz's model of ... More


Games of Nature, the Emergence of Organic Form, and the Problem of Spontaneity

Justin E. H. Smith

in Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter looks at three distinct cases of natural generativity: (i) the influence of the maternal imagination in fetal development, (ii) spontaneous generation, and (iii) the origins of ... More


Motion in Leibniz’s Middle Years: A Compatibilist Approach

Stephen Puryear

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659593
eISBN:
9780191745218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter concerns two apparently incompatible strands in Leibniz's thought about motion during his ‘middle years’ (roughly the 1680s and 1690s). After presenting the textual evidence for these ... More


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