Leibniz and Monadic Domination

Shane Duarte

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659593
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745218 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy

Leibniz and Monadic Domination

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This chapter addresses an aspect of Leibniz’s metaphysics that has not received much attention from scholars, namely, the doctrine of monadic domination. More specifically, it offers an account of what monadic domination, understood as a relation obtaining exclusively among monads, amounts to in the philosophy of Leibniz. It argues that Leibniz’s conception of monadic domination is usefully understood by appeal to the Aristotelian notion of a hierarchy of activities. It offers a fairly detailed account of what goes on in the monads that make up an animal when that animal performs some physical action. And it further argues that an understanding of Leibniz’s doctrine of monadic domination affords us some insight into his conception of how God ordains an end for his creation.

Keywords: monad; domination; substance; action; passion; perception; aristotle; influence; ideal; cause; final; cause; efficient

Chapter.  17730 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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