Ideas from 'New system of communication of substances' by Gottfried Leibniz [1695], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Shorter Leibniz Texts' by Leibniz,Gottfried (ed/tr Strickland,Lloyd) [Continuum 2006,0-8264-8951-6]].

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8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 4. Powers as Essence
My formal unifying atoms are substantial forms, which are forces like appetites
I call Aristotle's entelechies 'primitive forces', which originate activity
9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Simples
The analysis of things leads to atoms of substance, which found both composition and action
9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 2. Substance / c. Types of substance
Substance must necessarily involve progress and change
27. Natural Reality / A. Physics / 3. Force
We need the metaphysical notion of force to explain mechanics, and not just extended mass