Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Leibniz’s Philosophy of Physics" by Jeffrey K. McDonough

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Selected Primary Texts

[A] German Academy of Sciences, ed., Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, Darmstadt and Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1926–. Reference is to series, volume and page.
[AT] Oeuvres de Descartes, eds., Charles Adam and Paul Tannery, Paris: J. Vrin, 1964–74. Reference is to volume and page.
[G] C. I. Gerhardt, ed., Die philosophischen Schriften von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Berlin: Weidmann, 1875–90; reprinted Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1965. Reference is to volume and page.
[GM] C. I. Gerhardt, ed., Mathematische Schriften von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Berlin: A. Asher; Halle: H.W. Schmidt, 1849–63. Reference is to volume and page.

Selected Primary Texts in Translation

[Alexander] H. G. Alexander, ed., The Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
[AG] R. Ariew and D. Garber, eds., G. W. Leibniz: Philosophical Essays, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1989.
[CSM] The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, ed. and trans., J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff, and D. Murdoch, 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Reference is to volume and page.
[FW] R. Franks and R. Woolhouse, G. W. Leibniz: Philosophical Texts, New York, Oxford University Press, 1998.
[L] L. E. Loemker, ed. and trans., G. W. Leibniz: Philosophical Papers and Letters, 2nd ed., Dordrecht: Reidel, 1969.
[Langely] Langely, Alfred G. 1949. New Essays Concerning Human Understanding together with An Appendix of Some of His Shorter Pieces, La Salle, Illinois: The Open Court Publishing Company).
[NE] P. Remnant and J. Bennett, eds. and trans., G. W. Leibniz: New Essays on Human Understanding, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. The pagination of Remnant and Bennett is identical with that of the Academy edition (A VI. vi); references to both editions are therefore the same.

Selected General Studies and Collections

Leibniz’s Life and Works

Leibniz’s Early Physics

  • Bassler, Otto, 2002. “Motion and Mind in the Balance: The Transformation of Leibniz’s Early Philosophy,” Studia Leibnitiana, 34(2): 221–231. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998. “The Leibnizian Continuum in 1671,” Studia Leibnitiana, 30(1): 1–23. (Scholar)
  • Beeley, Philip, 1999. “Mathematics and Nature in Leibniz’s Early Philosophy,” in Stuart Brown, ed., The Young Leibniz and His Philosophy (1646–76), 123–145. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1996. Kontinuität und Mechanismus. Zur Philsophie des jungen Leibniz in ihrem ideengeschichtlichen Kontex, Studia Leibnitiana Supplementa XXX, Stutgart, 119–136. (Scholar)
  • Bernstein, Howard, 1980. “’Conatus’, Hobbes and the Young Leibniz,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 11: 25–37. (Scholar)
  • Bevaval, Yvon, 1976. “Premières Animadversions sur les ‘Principes’ de Descartes,” reprinted in Études leibniziennes, Paris: Editions Gallimard, 57–85. (Scholar)
  • Brown, Stuart, 1999. “Leibniz’s Formative Years (1646–76)” in Stuart Brown, ed., The Young Leibniz and His Philosophy (1646–76), 1–18. (Scholar)
  • Capek, Milic, 1966. “Leibniz’s Thought Prior to the Year 1670, From Atomism to a Geometrical Kinetism,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 20: 249–256. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1973. “Leibniz on Matter and Memory,” in Leclerc, ed., The Philosophy of Leibniz and the Modern World, 78–113. (Scholar)
  • Duchesneau, François, 1985. “The Problem of Indiscernibles in Leibniz’s 1671 Mechanics,” in K. Okruhlik and J. R. Brown, eds., The Natural Philosophy of Leibniz, 7–26. (Scholar)
  • Garber, Daniel, 1982. “Motion and Metaphysics in the Young Leibniz,” in Michael Hooker, ed., Leibniz: Critical and Interpretive Essays, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 160–184. (Scholar)
  • Kabitz, Willy, 1909. Die Philosophie des jungen Leibniz, Heidelberg: C. Winter. (Scholar)
  • Kulstad, Mark, Mogens Laerke and David Snyder (eds.), 2009. The Philosophy of the Young Leibniz, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. (Scholar)
  • Mercer, Christia, 1999. “The Young Leibniz and His Teachers,” in Stuart Brown, ed., The Young Leibniz and His Philosophy (1646–76), 19–40. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2004. “Leibniz and His Master: The Correspondence with Jakob Thomasius,” in Paul Lodge, ed., Leibniz and His Correspondents, New York: Cambridge University Press, 10–46. (Scholar)
  • Rutherford, Donald, 1996. “Demonstration and Reconciliation: The Eclipse of the Geometrical Method in Leibniz’s Philosophy,” in Woolhouse, ed., Leibniz’s ‘New System’ (1695), 181–201. (Scholar)
  • White, Michael, 1992. “The Foundations of the Calculus and the Conceptual Analysis of Motion: The Case of the Early Leibniz (1670–1676),” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 73(3): 283–313. (Scholar)
  • Wilson, Catherine, 1990. “Atom, Minds, and Vortices in De Summa Rerum: Leibniz vis-à-vis Hobbes and Spinoza,” in Stuart Brown, ed., The Young Leibniz and his Philosophy, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 223–243. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1982. “Leibniz and Atomism,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 13(3): 175–99. (Scholar)
  • Woolhouse, R. S., 2000. “Leibniz’s Collision Rules for Inertialess Bodies Indifferent to Motion,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 17(2): 143–157. (Scholar) (Scholar)

Leibniz on Matter

Leibniz’s Dynamics

  • Bernstein, Howard, 1981. “Passivity and Inertia in Leibniz’s ‘Dynamics’,” Studia Leibnitiana, 13: 97–113. (Scholar)
  • Bertoloni Meli, Domenico, 1993. Equivalence and Priority: Newton versus Leibniz, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Costabel, P., 1973. Leibniz and Dynamics, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. (Scholar)
  • Cover, J. A. and Glenn Hartz, 1994. “Are Leibnizian Monads Spatial?History of Philosophy Quarterly, 11(3): 295–316. (Scholar)
  • Gabby, Alan, 1971. “Force and Inertia in Seventeenth-Century Dynamics,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2: 1–68. (Scholar)
  • Gale, George, 1988. “The Concept of ‘Force’ and Its Role in the Genesis of Leibniz’s Dynamical Viewpoint,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 26: 45–67. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1973. “Leibniz’s Dynamical Metaphysics and the Origins of the Vis Viva Controversy,” Systematics, 11: 184–207. (Scholar)
  • Garber, Daniel, 1985. “Leibniz and the Foundations of Physics: The Middle Years,” in Kathleen Okruhlik, ed., The Natural Philosophy of Leibniz, Dordrecht: Reidel, 27–130. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005. “Leibniz and Idealism,” in Donald Rutherford and J. A. Cover, eds., Leibniz: Nature and Freedom, New York: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Iltis, C., 1974. “Leibniz’ Concept of Force: Physics and Metaphysics,” Studia Leibnitiana Supplementa, Volume XIII, Band II, Weisbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1979. “Leibniz and the Vis Viva Controversy,” Isis, 62: 21–35. (Scholar)
  • Jolley, Nicholas, 1986. “Leibniz and Phenomenalism,” Studia Leibnitiana, 18: 38–51. (Scholar)
  • Jorati, Julia, 2019. “Leibniz’s Ontology of Force,” Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, 8: 189–224. (Scholar)
  • Laudan, L., 1968. “A Postmortem on the Vis Viva Controversy,” Isis, 59: 296–300. (Scholar)
  • McDonough, Jeffrey K., 2016. “Leibniz and the Foundations of Physics: The Later Years,” The Philosophical Review, 125(1): 1–34. (Scholar)
  • Rutherford, Donald, 1998. Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Rutherford, Donald, 1992. “Leibniz’s Principle of Intelligibility,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 9(1): 35–49. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990a. “Leibniz’s ‘Analysis of Multitude and Phenomena into Unities and Reality’,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 28: 525–552. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990b. “Phenomenalism and the Reality of Body in Leibniz’s Later Philosophy,” Studia Leibnitiana, 22: 11–28. (Scholar)
  • Westfall, Richard, 1971. Force in Newton’s Physics: The Science of Dynamics in the Seventeenth Century, New York: Elsevier. (Scholar)

Leibniz on The Laws of Motion

Leibniz on Space & Time

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