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Newton & Leibniz notes

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Ruth Lee January 30, 2012 Readings 4 & 5 Notes (Newton & Leibniz) Newton Places fill their own spaces and cannot move (absolute places) Motion is the change of positions from these absolute places (there would be no reference point without these absolute places) Space cannot be seen or distinguished o We use our senses instead and determine something that is, according to us, immovable and we consider all motions with respect to these places Objection: there is no body truly at rest so we can’t refer to motion in respect to them Leibniz - All space is the same o Without anything filling the space, any space cannot be differentiated from other space
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Unformatted text preview: The items placed in the space having nothing special about them (there’s no specific reason why they’re in that space vs. any other)-Motion is the order of relations that are changed-Motion does not need to be observed but it must be possible to observe o Ex. Man on boat doesn’t necessarily notice the boat moving ≠ no motion Man off boat can see the boat moving = motion No one can tell if the boat is moving (from any perspective) = no motion-Place is where things can be replaced o i.e. person can step into a group in the same position as someone who stepped out. There is change, place is defined, and there is motion....
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