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Monads, Composition, and Force: Ariadnean Threads through Leibniz's Labyrinth

Richard T. W. Arthur


This book offers a fresh interpretation of Leibniz’s theory of substance, taking as starting point his claims that he introduced his monads to solve the problem of the composition of the continuum. It is argued that they can only perform this function if they are understood as requisites for each of the actual parts into which matter is divided, and as sources of the actions distinguishing and making actual these parts. Bodies are not composed of monads, but presuppose them for their reality; and motions are not composed of monadic states, but presuppose their tendencies to change and resist c ... More

Keywords: Leibniz, monads, substance, atoms, substantial form, plurality of forms, mereology, composition, momentary states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812869
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard T. W. Arthur, author
Professor of Philosophy, McMaster University