Le Labyrinthe temporel. Simplicité, persistance et création continuée chez Leibniz

Archives de Philosophie 77 (1):43-62 (2014)

Jean-Pascal Anfray
École Normale Supérieure
How to reconcile monadic simplicity with the successive plurality of the monadic states ? The doctrine of continued creation seems to entail the existence of independent temporal parts and thus lead to the thesis that the world contains only transitory things. I try to show how Leibniz has the resources to get out of this quandary. The analysis of the concept of extension shows that a plurality of states does not constitute a divisible aggregate. Then I examine the Leibnizian interpretation of continued creation, by com- paring it to the scholastic and Cartesian Background. From thence I conclude that Leibniz’s final thesis is that monads are wholly present at each moment of their duration.
Keywords Leibniz  Continued creation  Persistence  Time  Extension  Descartes  Suárez
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
264 ( #20,308 of 2,327,782 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
17 ( #41,072 of 2,327,782 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature