Animals That Think

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)

 Animals That Think

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Explains why Leibniz held that matter cannot think (the grounding principle). His ‘mill’ thought‐experiment and his account of animals; the role of the dominant monad in an animal; the scope of animality in the material world; and corporeal substances are also dealt with in this chapter. An aside: Locke's argument for the existence of a god. A coda: Leibniz's need for, and difficulty in having, a sound concept of confused perception.

Keywords: confusion; God; Leibniz; Locke; matter; monad

Chapter.  13497 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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