The “dynamics” of Leibnizian relationism: Reference frames and force in Leibniz's plenum

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Edward Slowik
Winona State University
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This paper explores various metaphysical aspects of Leibniz’s concepts of space, motion, and matter, with the intention of demonstrating how the distinctive role of force in Leibnizian physics can be used to develop a theory of relational motion using privileged reference frames. Although numerous problems will remain for a consistent Leibnizian relationist account, the version developed within our investigation will advance the work of previous commentators by more accurately reflecting the specific details of Leibniz’s own natural philosophy, especially his handling of the dynamical interactions of plenum bodies.
Keywords Leibniz  space  relationism  mechanics
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2006.01.005
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