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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250916.001.0001

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Animals That Think

Animals That Think

(p.286) Chapter 16 Animals That Think
Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Explains why Leibniz held that matter cannot think (the grounding principle). His ‘mill’ thought‐experiment and his account of animals; the role of the dominant monad in an animal; the scope of animality in the material world; and corporeal substances are also dealt with in this chapter. An aside: Locke's argument for the existence of a god. A coda: Leibniz's need for, and difficulty in having, a sound concept of confused perception.

Keywords:   confusion, God, Leibniz, Locke, matter, monad

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