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Foreword Katherine Dunlop, University of Texas, Austin Samuel Levey, Dartmouth College G. W. Leibniz’s legacy to philosophy is extraordinary for his vast body of work, for his prescience, and for his influence. Leibniz’s advances in formal methods, almost seeing into the future, paved the way for the logical and analytical style that philosophical in- quiry would take on two centuries later in the foundational works of Frege and Russell, as well as those of Cantor and Gödel – works which not only followed themes similar to Leibniz’s but also regarded themselves as responding directly to his efforts. In his own time, Leibniz’s revival and defense of ancient and scholastic ideas in metaphysics and phi- losophical theology served as a counterweight to the growing orthodoxy of materialism and mechanism in natural philosophy in the modern era – expressed in different forms in Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, and Newton, inter alia – a counterweight that pressed hard for a deeper explanatory role for philosophical inquiry at the foundations of scientific theory. Here too resonances of Leibniz in the present are easy to detect in the renewal of interest in fundamental metaphysics, explanation, and the question of ontology in science. For better or worse, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

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Abstract

Katherine Dunlop, University of Texas, Austin Samuel Levey, Dartmouth College G. W. Leibniz’s legacy to philosophy is extraordinary for his vast body of work, for his prescience, and for his influence. Leibniz’s advances in formal methods, almost seeing into the future, paved the way for the logical and analytical style that philosophical in- quiry would take on two centuries later in the foundational works of Frege and Russell, as well as those of Cantor and Gödel – works which not only followed themes similar to Leibniz’s but also regarded themselves as responding directly to his efforts. In his own time, Leibniz’s revival and defense of ancient and scholastic ideas in metaphysics and phi- losophical theology served as a counterweight to the growing orthodoxy of materialism and mechanism in natural philosophy in the modern era – expressed in different forms in Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, and Newton, inter alia – a counterweight that pressed hard for a deeper explanatory role for philosophical inquiry at the foundations of scientific theory. Here too resonances of Leibniz in the present are easy to detect in the renewal of interest in fundamental metaphysics, explanation, and the question of ontology in science. For better or worse,

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History of Philosophy and Logical AnalysisBrill

Published: Apr 5, 2018

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