Babette Chabout-Combaz

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Université Paris-Diderot
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After a B.Sc in Geological Engineering (2009-2012), a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy (2012-2017), I started a Ph.D in Epistemology and History of science at Paris-Diderot University and a Ph.D in Philosophy at University of Montreal in 2017.

My thesis aims to establish the possible influence of the historiographical practice of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) on his metaphysics. First, the study of his correspondence network with historians, broadly construed, enables me to define the semantic field of history and to describe the development of Leibniz's historiographical method. Next, I study Leibniz's own published and manuscript historical works, in order to analyse how historical concepts are implemented and how Leibniz has written history, in order to highlight the epistemological issues involved in his narrative choices. Finally, I study his natural history as a paradigm for the application of his historical method.