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Living mirrors : infinity, unity, and life in Leibniz's philosophy

Author: Ohad Nachtomy
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This work presents Leibniz's view of infinity and the central role it plays in his theory of living beings. Chapter 1 introduces Leibniz's approach to infinity by presenting the central concepts he employs; chapter 2 presents the historical background through Leibniz's encounters with Galileo and Descartes, exposing a tension between the notions of an infinite number and of an infinite being; chapter 3 argues that  Read more...
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Named Person: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ohad Nachtomy
ISBN: 9780190907327 0190907320
OCLC Number: 1050455622
Description: xi, 219 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: what does infinity have to do with life? --
Introducing the main characters: a conceptual outline of Leibniz's approach to infinity --
Leibniz in Paris: between infinite number and infinite being --
Leibniz reads Spinoza: different senses and different degrees of infinity --
Infinity and unity: mathematics and metaphysics --
Infinity and life: a sketch of Leibniz's development --
Animate and inanimate things, natural and artificial machines --
Living mirrors and mites: Leibniz and Pascal --
Created beings as infinite and limited --
Monads at the bottom, monads at the top, monads all over --
Life and force --
Conclusion: the re-enchantment of nature.
Responsibility: Ohad Nachtomy.

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This work presents Leibniz's view of infinity and the central role it plays in his theory of living beings. Nachtomy argues that Leibniz employs three degrees of infinity: absolute infinity, which  Read more...

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