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Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period

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Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period

Kurt Smith, "Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period"
English | ISBN: 019958365X | 2010 | 304 pages | PDF | 160 MB

Why is there a material world? Why is it fundamentally mathematical? Matter Matters explores a seventeenth-century answer to these questions as it emerged from the works of Descartes and Leibniz. The "mathematization" of the physics is shown to have been conceptually underwritten by two methods of philosophizing, namely, analysis and synthesis. The connection between these things–mathematics, matter, and the methods of analysis and synthesis–has thus far gone unexplored by scholars. The book is in four Parts: Part I works out the context in which the theory of modern matter arose. Part II develops the method of analysis, showing how it aligns with Descartes's famous doctrine of clear and distinct ideas. Part III develops the method of synthesis, focusing primarily on Leibniz, showing how it establishes the very conditions necessary and sufficient for mathematics. Analysis and synthesis turn out to establish isomorphic conceptual systems, which turn out to be isomorphic to what mathematicians today call a
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