Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the humanist agenda and the scientific method

dc.contributor.advisor Franklin, James en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Grace, Damian en_US Misra, Kundan en_US 2022-03-21T11:24:31Z 2022-03-21T11:24:31Z 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Modernity began in Leibniz s lifetime, arguably, and due to the efforts of a group of philosopher-scientists of which Leibniz was one of the most significant active contributors. Leibniz invented machines and developed the calculus. He was a force for peace, and industrial and cultural development through his work as a diplomat and correspondence with leaders across Europe, and in Russia and China. With Leibniz, science became a means for improving human living conditions. For Leibniz, science must begin with the God s eye view and begin with an understanding of how the Creator would have designed the universe. Accordingly, Leibniz advocated the a priori method of scientific discovery, including the use of intellectual constructions or artifices. He defended the usefulness and success of these methods against detractors. While cognizant of Baconian empiricism, Leibniz found that an unbalanced emphasis on experiment left the investigator short of conclusions on efficient causes. Leibniz worked outside, but complemented, the current of formal reasoning and empiricism which was developing in scientific circles during his lifetime. He supported the development of methods for calculation and demanded precise reasoning, while arguing that it was folly to omit the Neoplatonic orientation from science. Indeed, without Neoplatonism there would be no modernity. Leibniz s Neoplatonic course complemented his work with machines. Leibniz crystallised the Neoplatonic orientation as a pragmatic humanist agenda, and merged it with national imperatives for developing science. Leibniz s policy orientation is aligned with the Hermetic conception of Man as magus, who ultimately can control even the stars. The industrial-scientific age which followed Leibniz is a testament to the success of his life s work. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.subject.other Sarpi en_US
dc.subject.other Leibniz en_US
dc.subject.other Calculus en_US
dc.subject.other Newton en_US
dc.subject.other Russian Academy of Sciences en_US
dc.subject.other Universal Characteristic en_US
dc.subject.other Bacon en_US
dc.subject.other Huygens en_US
dc.subject.other Papin en_US
dc.subject.other Steam power en_US
dc.subject.other Bruno en_US
dc.subject.other Nicolas of Cusa en_US
dc.subject.other Metaphysics en_US
dc.subject.other A priori method en_US
dc.subject.other Experiment en_US
dc.subject.other A posteriori method en_US
dc.subject.other Vis viva en_US
dc.subject.other Industry en_US
dc.subject.other Treaty of Westphalia en_US
dc.subject.other Thomasius en_US
dc.subject.other Peter the Great en_US
dc.subject.other French Academy of Sciences en_US
dc.title Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the humanist agenda and the scientific method en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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dcterms.rightsHolder Misra, Kundan
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Science
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Misra, Kundan, Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Franklin, James, Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Grace, Damian, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US School of Mathematics & Statistics *
unsw.thesis.degreetype Masters Thesis en_US
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