Lecture 11_Modern Metaphysics (Leibniz)

Lecture 11_Modern Metaphysics (Leibniz) - Modern...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Modern Metaphysics (Part 2) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz a. Leibniz begins with the same technical notion of substance, but Leibniz believes that everything happens for a purpose. The guiding principle of Leibniz’s philosophy is called the Principle of Sufficient Reason , which says that there must be a reason for everything. Even God must have a reason for creating. b. Leibniz argues that there are many substances, which he calls monads . A monad is a simple substance that cannot be divided. Every composite is made up of simple substances. But if the simple substances were extended in space, they would be further divisible into other simple substances. Leibniz decides then that monads must be immaterial and have no extension. He is a pluralist . c. Leibniz’s monads can be created or destroyed but not by any “natural” means. They can be created or destroyed only “all at once.” But notice that compounds of monads can be created or destroyed “naturally.” d.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/10/2012 for the course PHI 2010 taught by Professor Tacks during the Spring '12 term at Florida State College.

Page1 / 2

Lecture 11_Modern Metaphysics (Leibniz) - Modern...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online