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<span class="smallCaps">s e v e n</span> <i>The Physical Monadology and theElements of Nature</i>

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132182
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195132181.003.0008
 							s e v e n 						 							The Physical Monadology and theElements of Nature

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This chapter explores Kant’s professorial thesis, The Joint Use of Metaphysics and Geometry in Natural Philosophy, the First Example of Which Contains the Physical Monadology (1756). Section 1 describes Euler’s problem that Kant sets out to solve — How can indivisible, unextended points make up divisible and extended bodies? Section 2 discusses Kant’s dynamic solution: his conception of “activity spheres” as ultimate and energetic constituents of matter. Section 3 examines Kant’s argument for combining qualitative-conceptual and quantitative-empirical perspectives, and its role in the pre-critical project.

Keywords: Physical Monadology; Leibniz; Euler; monad; elementary particles; metaphysics

Chapter.  8836 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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