Single Idea 5044

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 6. Fundamentals / c. Monads]

Full Idea

A multiplicity can only be made up of true unities, I had recourse to the idea of a real and animated point, or an atom of substance which must embrace some element of form or of activity in order to make a complete being.

Gist of Idea

Reality must be made of basic unities, which will be animated, substantial points


Gottfried Leibniz (New System and Explanation of New System [1696], p.116)

Book Reference

Leibniz,Gottfried: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Parkinson,G.H.R. [Dent 1973], p.116

A Reaction

This seems to be a combination of logical atomism and panpsychism. It has a certain charm, but looks like another example of these rationalist speculators overreaching themselves.