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I’m a philosopher based in Toronto, and (as of July 1st)* Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, Hamilton (Ontario). I research mainly in early modern natural philosophy and mathematics, the theory of time, and the infinite. See research interests for details. *I began teaching in Nairobi in 1969 (!), so with a 50th anniversary of teaching looming, I decided it was time to concentrate on research and writing. See also latest news.

My new book on Leibniz, Monads, Composition, and Force: Ariadnean Threads through Leibniz's Labyrinth, (180,000 words), (Oxford University Press) is now out (published Oct 18 in the UK and Europe, and Oct 27 in North America)In it I offer new insights into Leibniz's theory of substance based on his solution to the labyrinth of the continuum, presenting it as a highly original account of the composition of bodies and motions that is neither phenomenalist nor materialist.

I have just finished a complete draft of another book, The Reality of Time Flow (over 107,000 words) for Springer's Frontiers of Science series. In it I defend the reality of (local) becoming in modern physics against the multifarious objections of philosophers from the Ancients through Russell to Smart, Grünbaum and Putnam, and physicists such as Barbour and Rovelli.

Also available, my An Introduction to Logic, Using Natural Deduction, Real Arguments, a Little History, and Some Humour (Broadview, 2017)— 2nd (retitled) edition of my Natural DeductionAdopt it for your classes, or buy it to learn logic on your own! It’s inexpensive for a logic text (~$40), and perfect preparation for LSAT, etc.!

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Also of interest to the general reader, my Leibniz, (Polity Press, 2014), where I give a fresh overview of the great German polymath's thought, with emphasis both on its roots and its contemporary scientific and philosophical relevance.

I gave one of the keynote addresses at the North American Leibniz Society and SELFF conference in Montreal in October 2018,  a talk in Paris (at Paris 7) on November 7, and then two talks in Prague on November 8 and 9See conferences and latest news for more. 

"Many other things I long to be at, but I do extremely want time." --Robert Hooke, 3 Sept 1667

© Richard TW Arthur 2016