The Changing Concept of the Equipollence of Cause and Effect

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


This chapter concludes the three-part presentation of the central architectonic components of the dynamics. In this chapter, we examine the most important (and most explicit) principle of the dynamics. The equipollence of cause and effect, inherited from Scholastic thinkers but creatively reinvented by Leibniz, can be understood as the starting place of the dynamics project. In this chapter, we trace Leibniz’s different interpretations of this principle in order to move from a dynamics based on final causation (teleology) to that of formal cause (via the concept of actio). It is through this development that the very concept of vis matures in Leibniz. By examining this development, this chapter provides a fuller understanding of structural causation in the dynamics.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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