Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was one of the intellectual giants that helped shape the birth of the modern period. His influence across many branches of learning is inestimable: amongst other things, in mathematics he co-discovered the calculus and created the binary system; in the sciences he constructed a sophisticated dynamics, produced new theories about the natures of space and time, and made important observations about the age and structure of the Earth; and in philosophy he devised the system of pre-established harmony, developed the notion of possible worlds, and instigated the project of theodicy.
This conference aims to celebrate Leibniz’s work by exploring the depth of his philosophical vision in conjunction with his engagement with the sciences of his time. The organizers invite papers that offer new insights into Leibniz’s metaphysics and epistemology, and those which explore the nexus between his metaphysics and physics, between his logic and his contributions in other fields such as mathematics, engineering and the nascent life- and earth-sciences. Contributions will be sought under four broad themes, namely:
- Metaphysics and epistemology
- Mathematics and dynamics
- Life sciences and earth sciences
- Ethics and theology
For enquiries and/or further details, please contact the conference organisers:
Lloyd Strickland: L.Strickland@mmu.ac.uk
Erik Vynckier: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Weckend: email@example.com
3 July 2015:
12:30 Registration and welcome.
13:00 Keynote speech by Professor Dr. Michael Kempe (Director of the Leibniz Research Center, Hanover, The Academy of Sciences Goettingen, and the Leibniz Archive).
14:30-18:00 Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Epistemology.
4 July 2015:
9:00-12:30 Leibniz’s Mathematics and Dynamics:
9:00 Keynote speech by Professor Dr. Eberhard Knobloch (University Berlin), ‚Arithmetical quadrature of the circle‘.
13:30-18:30 Leibniz and the Life- and Earth Sciences.
5 July 2015:
9:00-13:00 Leibniz’s Ethics and Theology.
11:30 Keynote speech by Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza (Kings College London).
13:00 End of conference