Leibniz’s Early Metaphysics of Body ―From 1663 to 1686―
Doctor of Philosophy
This dissertation aims at exploring the developmental story of the metaphysics of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). I particularly focus upon the texts from 1663 to 1686: Leibniz wrote the Metaphysical Discussion on the Principle of Individuation in 1663, as his bachelor’s thesis and the first philosophical work, and he wrote the Discourse on Metaphysics in 1686. I will focus upon Leibniz’s metaphysics of body, which is also related to his cutting-edge investigations of mathematics and physics. The ontological status of body is an important philosophical topic, as is the relationship of mind and body.
History of Philosophy, 17th Century, Leibniz, Spinoza, Idealism, Materialism, History of Science