Science and the Principle of Sufficient Reason: Du Châtelet contra Wolff

Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 13 (1):24–53 (2023)
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Abstract

I argue that Émilie Du Châtelet breaks with Christian Wolff regarding the scope and epistemological content of the principle of sufficient reason, despite his influence on her basic ontology and their agreement that the principle of sufficient reason has foundational importance. These differences have decisive consequences for the ways in which Du Châtelet and Wolff conceive of science.

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Induction and Certainty in the Physics of Wolff and Crusius.Hein van den Berg & Boris Demarest - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.

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