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The Status of Leibniz’ Medical Experiments

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A Provisional Empiricism?

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This paper examines the status of medical experiments using the Leibnizian conception of knowledge. The aim is to consider whether experimentation is a “perceptive foretaste” or a real condition for the advancement of knowledge. To this end I argue, first, that acting on bodies could be a way to understand them and, second, I establish a place for medical experiments in the field of learning. In these ways, I identify a “provisional empiricism” in Leibniz’ medical texts.

Affiliations: 1: Université Lille I/UMR Savoirs, Textes, Langage


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