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Author Arthur, Richard, 1950- author

Title Monads, composition, and force : Ariadnean threads through Leibniz's labyrinth / Richard T.W. Arthur
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Contents Composition and division -- Aggregation, body, and substance -- Atoms and souls -- Forms and the scholastic tradition -- Motion, relativity, and force -- Passive force and corporeal substance -- Continuance through time
Summary "Leibniz's monads have long been a source of fascination and puzzlement. If monads are merely immaterial, how can they alone constitute reality? In Monads, Composition and Force, Richard T.W. Arthur takes seriously Leibniz's claim of introducing monads to solve the problem of the composition of matter and motion. Going against a trend of idealistic interpretations of Leibniz's thought, Arthur argues that although monads are presupposed as the principles making actual each of the infinite parts of matter, bodies are not composed of them. He offers a fresh interpretation of Leibniz's theory of substance in which monads are enduring primitive forces, corporeal substances are embodied monads, and bodies are aggregates of monads, not mere appearances. In this reading the monads are constitutive unities, constituting an organic unity of function through time, and bodies are phenomenal in two senses; as ever-changing things they are Platonic phenomena and as pluralities, in being perceived together, they are also Democritean phenomena. Arthur argues for this reading by describing how Leibniz's thought is grounded in seventeenth century atomism and the metaphysics of the plurality of forms, showing how his attempt to make this foundation compatible with mechanism undergirds his insightful contributions to biological science and the dynamical foundations he provides for modern physics."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, Oct. 2, 2018)
Subject Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716 -- Criticism and interpretation
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716.
Substance (Philosophy)
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Modern.
Substance (Philosophy)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191850659
019254215X (electronic bk.)
9780192542151 (electronic bk.)