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Christopher P. Noble
New College of Florida
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    Self-Moving Machines and the Soul: Leibniz Contra Spinoza on the Spiritual Automaton.Christopher P. Noble - 2017 - The Leibniz Review 27:65-89.
    The young Spinoza and the mature Leibniz both characterize the soul as a self-moving spiritual automaton. Though it is unclear if Leibniz’s use of the term was suggested to him from his reading of Spinoza, Leibniz was aware of its presence in Spinoza’s Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect. Considering Leibniz’s staunch opposition to Spinozism, the question arises as to why he was willing to adopt this term. I propose an answer to this question by comparing the spiritual automaton (...)
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    Leibniz on the Divine Preformation of Souls and Bodies.Christopher P. Noble - 2019 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 9 (2):327-342.
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    Pauline Phemister, Leibniz and the Environment, Oxford/New York: Routledge 2016, Xii + 196 Pp.Leibniz and the Environment. [REVIEW]Christopher P. Noble - 2018 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 100 (2):232-235.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 100 Heft: 2 Seiten: 232-235.
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    Continuity, Containment, and Coincidence: Leibniz in the History of the Exact Sciences: Vincenzo De Risi (Ed.): Leibniz and the Structure of Sciences: Modern Perspectives on the History of Logic, Mathematics, and Epistemology. Dordrecht: Springer, 2019, 298pp, 103.99€ HB.Christopher P. Noble - 2020 - Metascience 29 (3):523-526.
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    The Perfecting, or Near-Perfecting, of Philosophy: G. W. Leibniz: Dissertation on Combinatorial Art; Translated with Introduction and Commentary by Massimo Mugnai, Han van Ruler, and Martin Wilson; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, 307 Pp, $65.00 HB.Christopher P. Noble - 2021 - Metascience 30 (1):165-168.
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    Living Mirrors: Infinity, Unity, and Life in Leibniz's Philosophy, by O. Nachtomy.Christopher P. Noble - 2019 - The Leibniz Review 29:141-155.
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    Immaterial Mechanism in the Mature Leibniz.Christopher P. Noble - 2019 - Idealistic Studies 49 (1):1-21.
    Leibniz standardly associates “mechanism” with extended material bodies and their aggregates. In this paper, I identify and analyze a further distinct sense of “mechanism” in Leibniz that extends, by analogy, beyond the domain of material bodies and applies to the operations of immaterial substances such as the monads that serve, for Leibniz, as the metaphysical foundations of physical reality. I argue that in this sense, Leibniz understands “mechanism” as an intelligible process that is capable of providing a sufficient reason for (...)
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    On Analogies in Leibniz’s Philosophy: Scientific Discovery and the Case of the Spiritual Automaton.Christopher P. Noble - 2017 - Quaestiones Disputatae 7 (2):8-30.
    This paper analyzes Leibniz’s use of analogies in both natural philosophical and metaphysical contexts. Through an examination of Leibniz’s notes on scientific methodology, I show that Leibniz explicitly recognizes the utility of analogies as heuristic tools that aid us in conceiving unfamiliar theoretical domains. I further argue that Leibniz uses the notion of a self-moving machine or automaton to help capture the activities of the immaterial soul. My account helps resist the conventional image of Leibniz as an arch-rationalist unconcerned with (...)
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