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Monadology and Other Philosophical Essays

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Monadologie is one of Gottfried Leibniz’ works that best define his philosophy, monadism. Written toward the end of his life in order to support a metaphysics of simple substances, it's thus about formal atoms which aren't physical but metaphysical.
The Monadology is written in 90 logical paragraphs, each generally following from the previous. Its name is due to the fact t
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Published June 1st 1965 by Prentice Hall College Division (first published 1714)
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Dec 28, 2010 Martin rated it really liked it
Is it the most logically sound philosophy? No. But is Leibniz and his Monad-theory the most hilarious bit of rationalism? Abso-friggin-lutely.

You're monads! I'm monads! We're all monads! Monads are monads!
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I'm a little raindrop? Cute.
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Jan 23, 2009 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers
Recommended to Erik by: Paul Schreck
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I read the Monodology twice. First, in college, quickly from a collection of essays and with little discussion. Second, in graduate school, with more attention. I didn't get more than a glimmer of its meaning and I doubt the teacher understood it much better than we did, but I thought it was a brilliant alternative to prevailing metaphysical assumptions. Imagine a world predicated on such assumptions! (Perhaps Borges did.)

Ideally, after some serious grounding in the logico-mathematical underpinn
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Jul 18, 2016 Azzam To'meh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read which attempts to synthesize much of the philosophy occuring in the days of Leibnez. It is one of the smoothest philosophical reads I have come to encounter, except that it becomes a bit bad and escalates too quickly at the end, taking to many tennents forgranted. However, the very idea of monads is indeed strange, that cannot be doubted. A very smooth read though...
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I want to like Leibniz, I really do. I like his project of pulling Western metaphysics out of the "substantial forms" mess. But I can't help feeling that his ontology is just so much garbage.
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Best of all possible books on early modern metaphysics.
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Leibniz presents his theory that this is 'the best of all possible worlds'.
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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (/ˈlaɪbnɪts/; German: [ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn ˈlaɪbnɪts] or [ˈlaɪpnɪts]; July 1, 1646 – November 14, 1716) was a German polymath and philosopher.

He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz developed calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's notation has been widely used ever since
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“I don't really eliminate body, but reduce it to what it is. For I show that corporeal mass, which is thought to have something over and above simple substances, is not a substance, but a phenomenon resulting from simple substances, which alone have unity and absolute reality.” 0 likes
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