Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (3):435-460 (2015)

Shane Duarte
University of Notre Dame
I argue that the prime matter that Leibniz posits in every created monad is understood by him to be a mere defect or negation, and not something real and positive. Further, I argue that Leibniz’s talk of prime matter in every created monad is inspired by the thirteenth-century doctrine of spiritual matter, but that such talk is simply one way in which Leibniz frames a point that he frequently makes elsewhere—namely, that each creaturely essence incorporates a limitation that is the ultimate source of an original imperfection that affects the creature from the first moment of its existence.
Keywords Leibniz  Early Modern Philosophy  Rationalists  Prime matter  Monadic prime matter
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DOI 10.1353/hph.2015.0059
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