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Daniel Garber and Donald Rutherford

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.001.0001

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Leibniz and Monadic Domination

Leibniz and Monadic Domination

(p.209) 7 Leibniz and Monadic Domination
Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Shane Duarte

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses an aspect of Leibniz’s metaphysics that has not received much attention from scholars, namely, the doctrine of monadic domination. More specifically, it offers an account of what monadic domination, understood as a relation obtaining exclusively among monads, amounts to in the philosophy of Leibniz. It argues that Leibniz’s conception of monadic domination is usefully understood by appeal to the Aristotelian notion of a hierarchy of activities. It offers a fairly detailed account of what goes on in the monads that make up an animal when that animal performs some physical action. And it further argues that an understanding of Leibniz’s doctrine of monadic domination affords us some insight into his conception of how God ordains an end for his creation.

Keywords:   monad, domination, substance, action, passion, perception, aristotle, influence, ideal, cause, final, cause, efficient

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