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Nunziante, Antonio Maria (2009) Funzioni e teleologia in G.W. Leibniz. [Journal papers (printed)]

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It is certainly true that in early modern thought the emergence of a new science changed the image of the universe in a mechanistic way. It must be considered, though, that most of the main protagonists of this revolution (Kepler, Newton, Leibniz, ‘biologists’ like Leeuwenhoek, Hartsoeker, Hooke, Malpighi, Redi, etc.) still continued to consider the importance and the utility of a finalistic explanation of natural phenomena.

Concepts like “function”, “self-organization”, “organism” have roots in early modern thought: not only from a linguistic and semantic point of view. They were the basis of an epistemology in which different kinds of categories are strictly related.

The aim of the paper is to take into account the relevance of the mechanical explanation of natural phenomena in Leibniz’s thought and at the same time to highlight the polarization between mechanical explanations and finalistic consideration that emerges in his philosophy. The specific aim of the paper is to analyze and to develop this kind of dialectic between “teleology” and "mechanism", with particular reference to the concept of “living being”.


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EPrint type:Journal papers (printed)
Anno di Pubblicazione:2009
Key Words:Leibniz, teleology, functions, metaphysics, organism, artificial
Settori scientifico-disciplinari MIUR:Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-FIL/01 Filosofia teoretica
Struttura di riferimento:Dipartimenti > Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata
Codice ID:6188
Depositato il:25 Sep 2013 11:56
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