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Monnoyeur-Broitman, Francoise
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Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2013). The Indefinite within Descartes' Mathematical Physics. EIDOS (19), 12-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Indefinite within Descartes' Mathematical Physics
2013 (English)In: EIDOS, ISSN 1692-8857, E-ISSN 2011-7477, no 19, p. 12-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Descartes' philosophy contains an intriguing notion of the infinite, a concept labeled by the philosopher as indefinite. Even though Descartes clearly defined this term on several occasions in the correspondence with his contemporaries, as well as in his Principles of Philosophy, numerous problems about its meaning have arisen over the years. Most commentators reject the view that the indefinite could mean a real thing and, instead, identify it with an Aristotelian potential infinite. In the first part of this article, I show why there is no numerical infinity in Cartesian mathematics, as such a concept would be inconsistent with the main fundamental attribute of numbers: to be comparable with each other. In the second part, I analyze the indefinite in the context of Descartes' mathematical physics. It is my contention that, even with no trace of infinite in his mathematics, Descartes does refer to an actual indefinite because of its application to the material world within the system of his physics. This fact underlines a discrepancy between his mathematics and physics of the infinite, but does not lead a difficulty in his mathematical physics. Thus, in Descartes' physics, the indefinite refers to an actual dimension of the world rather than to an Aristotelian mathematical potential infinity. In fact, Descartes establishes the reality and limitlessness of the extension of the cosmos and, by extension, the actual nature of his indefinite world. This indefinite has a physical dimension, even if it is not measurable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Colombia: Universidad del Norte, 2013
Keywords
potential and actual infinity, matter, space, extension, mathematical physics
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97403 (URN)
Available from: 2013-09-12 Created: 2013-09-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2010). Infinitesimals differences. Controversies between Leibniz and his contemporaries [Review]. Journal of the history of philosophy, 48(4), 527-528
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Infinitesimals differences. Controversies between Leibniz and his contemporaries
2010 (English)In: Journal of the history of philosophy, ISSN 0022-5053, E-ISSN 1538-4586, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 527-528Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Newton as much as Leibniz should be credited for the invention of the infinitesimal calculation

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
USA: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Keywords
leibniz infinity newton
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77897 (URN)
Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2017-12-07
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2010). Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad – Daniel Garber Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad. Daniel Garber, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. xxi + 428 [Review]. The Philosophical Quarterly, 60(241), 859-861
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad – Daniel Garber Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad. Daniel Garber, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. xxi + 428
2010 (English)In: The Philosophical Quarterly, ISSN 0031-8094, Vol. 60, no 241, p. 859-861Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Daniel Garber's last book is one of several publications on Leibniz's notion of substance (others are by D. Rutherford, C. Mercer, P. Lodge, L. Brandon), and may be seen as a challenge to Leibnizian idealism.

Garber repeatedly asks the question ‘How should we understand the relations between the bodies that we experience and the monads that are, in some sense, their metaphysical foundation?’. In his preface, he warns readers that he has always ‘wondered how someone so smart as [Leibniz] was supposed to be could believe in something so strange’. This remark alone seems to justify his writing the book....

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
USA-England: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2010
Keywords
Leibniz; Body Substance; Monad
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77906 (URN)10.1111/j.1467-9213.2010.673_1.x (DOI)
Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2017-04-05Bibliographically approved
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2009). Biological life, psychic life. In: Francoise Monnoyeur (Ed.), Questions Vitales: vie biologique, vie psychique (pp. 15-22). Paris: Éditions Kimé
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Biological life, psychic life
2009 (French)In: Questions Vitales: vie biologique, vie psychique / [ed] Francoise Monnoyeur, Paris: Éditions Kimé , 2009, p. 15-22Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [fr]

Présentation de l'éditeur: Si la science et la religion tentent de répondre à la question de l'origine de la vie, ni l'une ni l'autre ne s'interrogent vraiment sur sa nature. Certes, la vie est bien cet ensemble de mécanismes étudiés par les biologistes mais c'est aussi et avant tout un phénomène à part entière. Les sciences biologiques expliquent la vie en se référant à la théorie de l'évolution, à l'ADN et au rôle des protéines mais restent à l'extérieur de la vie proprement dite. La vie ne se réduit donc ni à l'objet décrit par les biologistes ni à l'esprit invoqué par les religieux. Découvrir le phénomène vital, c'est comprendre comment l'externe s'articule à l'interne, le corps à l'âme, le biologique au psychique, le conscient à l'inconscient. Ce livre retrace les moments du nœud vital en prenant appui sur les sciences biologiques mais aussi sur celles de la conscience telles que la philosophie, la psychanalyse ou la phénoménologie, et révèle ainsi ce que l'on a coutume d'appeler la complexité de la vie..

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2009
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113830 (URN)2841744779 (ISBN)9782841744770 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-02-01 Created: 2015-02-01 Last updated: 2015-02-24
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2009). Questions vitales: vie biologique, vie psychique. Paris: Kimé
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Questions vitales: vie biologique, vie psychique
2009 (French)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

science and religion attempt both to answer the question of the origin of life but neither of them give an adequate answer. neither  strict mecanism or pure expression of the soul, the nature of life is at the intersection between mind and body, biology and phenomenology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Kimé, 2009. p. 290
Keywords
life evolution consciousness
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77672 (URN)978-2-84174-477-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-05-25 Created: 2012-05-25 Last updated: 2015-02-24
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2009). The double face of life. In: Francoise Monnoyeur (Ed.), Questions Vitales: (pp. 211-231). Paris: Éditions Kimé
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The double face of life
2009 (French)In: Questions Vitales / [ed] Francoise Monnoyeur, Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2009, p. 211-231Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2009
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113831 (URN)978-284-174-477-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-02-01 Created: 2015-02-01 Last updated: 2015-02-24
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2009). Translation from English into French of Thomas Steinbuch‘s article: “Nietzsche’s humanist philosophy”. In: Francoise Monnoyeur (Ed.), Questions vitales: vie biologique, vie psychique: (pp. 163-174). Paris: Kime
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Translation from English into French of Thomas Steinbuch‘s article: “Nietzsche’s humanist philosophy
2009 (French)In: Questions vitales: vie biologique, vie psychique / [ed] Francoise Monnoyeur, Paris: Kime , 2009, p. 163-174Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Kime, 2009
National Category
Clinical Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114354 (URN)2841744779 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-19 Last updated: 2015-02-25
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2008). Discourse on the Method versus Orientation in Thinking. In: Anita Leirfall og Thor Sandmel (Ed.), Enhet i mangfold: Festskrift til Johan Arnt Myrstad i anledning 60-årsdagen (pp. 367-375). Oslo, Norway: Unipub
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Discourse on the Method versus Orientation in Thinking
2008 (English)In: Enhet i mangfold: Festskrift til Johan Arnt Myrstad i anledning 60-årsdagen / [ed] Anita Leirfall og Thor Sandmel, Oslo, Norway: Unipub , 2008, p. 367-375Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Opposition between Kant and Descartes about method and orientation in thinking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo, Norway: Unipub, 2008
Keywords
Kant Descartes method reason
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77673 (URN)978-82-303-1179-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-05-25 Created: 2012-05-25 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2008). infini des mathematiciens, infini des philosophes (5ed.). Paris: Belin
Open this publication in new window or tab >>infini des mathematiciens, infini des philosophes
2008 (French)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The acknowlegment of the existence of an infinite in nature and math is the result of a constant collaboration between mathematicians and philosophers from the midle-ages to today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Belin, 2008. p. 215 Edition: 5
Series
Regards sur la science, ISSN 0993-4812
Keywords
infinity math philosophy perspective theory
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77917 (URN)2-7011-1018-1 (ISBN)978-270-1110-189 (ISBN)
Note

This was translated in Korean in 2004.

The first edition was in 1992

Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved
Monnoyeur-Broitman, F. (2006). Philosophie premiere et metaphysique de l'experience. In: Wolfgang Röd (Ed.), Descartes en Kant: (pp. 39-53). Paris: PUF
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Philosophie premiere et metaphysique de l'experience
2006 (French)In: Descartes en Kant / [ed] Wolfgang Röd, Paris: PUF , 2006, p. 39-53Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [fr]

Descartes and Kant have developed a philosophy able to make us understand the objectivity of our notions and judgments.Descartes inaugurates a philosophy conceived as a theory of experience, and Kant expanded it in his transcendental philosophy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: PUF, 2006
Keywords
Kant, Husserl, transcendantalism
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93250 (URN)102-13-055-480-6 (ISBN)
Projects
translation from German into French
Available from: 2013-05-28 Created: 2013-05-28 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved
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