Causation and Perception in Leibniz

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250913
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597053 | DOI:

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Causation and Perception in Leibniz

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Explains why Leibniz rejected inter‐substance causation and occasionalism; and his account of how a monad develops. He is identified as a bottom‐up metaphysician—one who has a few basic concepts and seeks to construct all the rest out of those, moving upward. His accounts of perception and of appetite are explained and criticized, as are his various attempts to explain the appearance of passivity in the material world.

Keywords: appetite; causation; Leibniz; monad; occasionalism; passivity; perception

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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