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Tout cela peut-il s'être fait sans dessein ?:Le panglossisme de Nieuwentijt

Abstract : In this article we distinguish four kinds of finalities at stake in Nieuwentijt’s “scopologia” (general design, teleology of health, particular final causes and organic uses). We show that the tension between the principle of economy and the assignation of particular final causes in Nieuwentijt’s physico-theology perfectly illustrates what Gould and Lewontin called the problem of ‘panglossism’ in biology. It was a problem to which Leibniz himself drew attention in different texts.
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Raphaële Andrault. Tout cela peut-il s'être fait sans dessein ?:Le panglossisme de Nieuwentijt. Studia Leibnitiana, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2018, 50 (1), pp.89-104. ⟨10.25162/sl-2018-0007⟩. ⟨halshs-02792536⟩



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