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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