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Published: 11 December 2018

352 Pages

9.2 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780198812869

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Monads, Composition, and Force

Ariadnean Threads through Leibniz's Labyrinth

Richard T. W. Arthur

  • Introduction provides an overview of Leibniz's argument, highlighting how viewing monads as a solution to the continuum problem clarifies their nature
  • Gives a formal presentation of Leibniz's argument, showing the fallacies in various historical attempts to find fault with Leibniz's reasoning
  • Enhances conventional understanding of atoms as mere indivisible chunks of passive matter by summarizing in detail the variety of atomisms at play in chymical and medical thought
  • Covers the origin of Leibniz's metaphysics of dominant and subordinate monads, its theological motivations, and how Leibniz sought to reconcile it with the mechanical philosophy of Boyle
  • Glossary of scholastics and atomists provides a contextual guide for readers unfamiliar with the rich tradition of thought on atoms and forms