Lucio Mare


University of South Florida

Breaking up the atom: early Leibniz against minima naturalia doctrines and atomism

Against the received view claiming that throughout the period from 1666 to 1676, Leibniz showed some more or less stronger measure of commitment to atomism,1 I argue for a strong case of anti-atomism in his early works. To this purpose I analyze Leibniz’ judgments, views, and relationship with 17th century corpuscular or atomist theories of matter in two of his first major contributions to natural philosophy, the letter to Jakob Thomasius from 20/30 April 1669 and the Confessio Naturae contra Atheistas (1669), which both reject atomism.