Leibniz and the Metaphysics of Motion

Journal of Early Modern Studies 2 (2):56-77 (2013)
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This essay develops a interpretation of Leibniz’ theory of motion that strives to integrate his metaphysics of force with his doctrine of the equivalence of hypotheses, but which also supports a realist, as opposed to a fully idealist, interpretation of his natural philosophy. Overall, the modern approaches to Leibniz’ physics that rely on a fixed spacetime backdrop, classical mechanical constructions, or absolute speed, will be revealed as deficient, whereas a more adequate interpretation will be advanced that draws inspiration from an invariantist conception of reality and recent non-classical theories of physics.

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Edward Slowik
Winona State University


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