In Stephen Leach & James Tartaglia (eds.), Consciousness and the Great Philosophers. London: (2016)

Tim Crane
Central European University
What would Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz have said about today’s problem of consciousness? Some philosophers claim that Leibniz was one of the first to argue that there is an ‘explanatory gap’ between our knowledge of matter and our knowledge of consciousness, and that he thought this posed a problem for materialism (see for example Churchland 1995: 191-2; Kriegel 2015: 49; Seager 1991; Searle 1983: 267-8). This is supposed to be the point of the famous passage in the Monadology (1714), in which Leibniz argues that perception is ‘inexplicable in terms of mechanical reasons’...
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