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Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad$
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Daniel Garber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566648.001.0001

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Enchanting the World: “After Many Corrections and Forward Steps in my Thinking . . . ”

Enchanting the World: “After Many Corrections and Forward Steps in my Thinking . . . ”

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Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566648.003.0008

This chapter begins with a discussion of real unities, entities without parts, and simple substances, the latter terms which seem to have entered Leibniz's vocabulary in 1695 or so. It then turns to Leibniz's discovery of monads. By 1700 or so, Leibniz had clearly committed himself to the new metaphysics of simple substances, substances without parts, what he had come to call monads. This chapter traces how the terms simple substance and monad are introduced, and how Leibniz moved from the metaphysics of corporeal substance in his middle years to the monadological metaphysics of his last years. Special attention is paid to the ‘Système nouveau’ of 1695 and the correspondence with Burcher de Volder.

Keywords:   Leibniz, monads, simple substance, corporeal substance, metaphysics, Burcher de Volder

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