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# Monadology and Other Philosophical Essays

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...more

The Monadology is written in 90 logical paragraphs, each generally following from the previous. Its name is due to the fact t...more

Paperback, 163 pages

Published
June 1st 1965
by Prentice Hall College Division
(first published 1714)

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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.)

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (sometimes von Leibniz) (July 1, 1646 - November 14, 1716) was a German mathematician and philosopher. He wrote primarily in Latin and French.

Leibniz occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Leibniz developed the infinitesimal calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's mathematical notation has been widely used eve...more

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Leibniz occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Leibniz developed the infinitesimal calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's mathematical notation has been widely used eve...more

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