Leibnizian Bodies: Phenomena, Aggregates of Monads, or Both?

The Leibniz Review 26:99-127 (2016)
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Stephen Puryear
North Carolina State University
Abstract
I propose a straightforward reconciliation of Leibniz’s conception of bodies as aggregates of simple substances (i.e., monads) with his doctrine that bodies are the phenomena of perceivers, without in the process saddling him with any equivocations. The reconciliation relies on the familiar idea that in Leibniz’s idiolect, an aggregate of Fs is that which immediately presupposes those Fs, or in other words, has those Fs as immediate requisites. But I take this idea in a new direction. I argue that a phenomenon having its being in one perceiving substance (monad) can plausibly be understood to presuppose other perceiving substances (monads) in the requisite sense. Accordingly, a phenomenon in one monad can indeed be an aggregate of other monads, in Leibniz’s technical sense, just as the latter monads can be constituents of the phenomenon. So understood, the two conceptions of body are perfectly compatible, just as Leibniz seems to think.
Keywords Leibniz  body  monad  phenomenon  aggregate  substance
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ISBN(s) 1524-1556
DOI 10.5840/leibniz2016265
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