Sunday, January 5, 2014

Two more must-reads

"Leibniz on Natural Teleology and the Laws of Optics", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78/3 (2009): 505-44, and "Leibniz's Optics and Contingency in Nature", Perspectives on Science 18/4 (2010): 432-55, both by Jeff McDonough. Biology and similar sciences impute functions to structures, organs, and organisms, and the concept of function is expressly teleological. McDonough's essays look at how Leibniz argued that teleology attaches itself to the harder sciences as well, such as physics and chemistry. Very interesting.

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