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The Fate of PlaceA Philosophical History$
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Edward S. Casey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001

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Modern Space as Relative

Modern Space as Relative

Locke and Leibniz

(p.162) 8 Modern Space as Relative
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter examines the thoughts of Locke and Leibniz about space and place. Leibniz posited the idea that both space and place are altogether relative in their constitution. Locke declared that there was no necessary connection between Space and Solidity, since one can be conceived without the other. And if solidity has no conceptual or intrinsic tie to space, space itself is free to be the occasion of occupation by virtually anything, including nothing.

Keywords:   space, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, John Locke, solidity

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