|Abstract||Leibniz insists that any bodily event can be explained purely in terms of ‘mechanism’, meaning impact mechanics. The latter’s laws are all quasi-causal (Sleigh’s label) rather than causal; they describe patterns among events that are embedded in the universal harmony, and do not imply that any body acts on any other. When declaring how things must go in physics, Leibniz does not often remind us that his topic is quasi-causation, not real transeunt causation; but that is always his view. Similarly, in those contexts he seldom reminds us that bodies are phenomenal rather than basically real; but in the mature years that is always his view too|
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