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Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad

Daniel Garber


This book studies Leibniz's conception of the physical world. Leibniz's commentators usually begin with monads, mind-like simple substances, the ultimate building-blocks of the Monadology. But Leibniz's apparently idealist metaphysics is very puzzling: how can any sensible person think that the world is made up of tiny minds? This book tries to make Leibniz's thought intelligible by focusing instead on his notion of body. Beginning with Leibniz's earliest writings, it shows how Leibniz starts with a robust sense of the physical world, and how, step by step, he advances to the monadological met ... More

Keywords: Leibniz, Monadology, notion of body, physical world, monadological metaphysics, idealism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199566648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Garber, author
Princeton University
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