The Equivalence of Hypotheses and Dynamical Causation

  • Tzuchien Tho
Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 46)


The third chapter of this book begins a three-part presentation of the central architectonic components of the dynamics (continued in the following chapters). In this chapter, we examine the so-called equivalence of hypothesis, inherited from Kepler, Galileo and Huygens, and see how it shaped the concept of force and the method of its measurement. The main aim is to show the theoretical independence of the equivalence of hypotheses and the theory of Leibnzian vis in order to understand how the former principle provides the limits of physical phenomena. It is within these limits that Leibniz vis can be understood as cause.


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  • Tzuchien Tho
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  1. 1.Università degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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