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...more
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Published June 1st 1965 by Prentice Hall College Division (first published 1714)
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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!
I'm a little raindrop? Cute.
Erik Graff
Nov 03, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Tom Smith
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.
Madalin Boboc
Proof that being a rationalist philosopher is not the same whit being a rational philosopher.
He displays great imagination,this I can't deny.
Leibniz presents his theory that this is 'the best of all possible worlds'.
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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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