Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (4):761-762 (2019)

Stephen Puryear
North Carolina State University
Leibniz describes the problem of the composition of the continuum as one of the two famous labyrinths of the human mind. The problem is in brief that matter and motion appear to be continuous and thus would seem to be composed of an infinity of spatial or temporal points, which is absurd. Leibniz's strategy for escaping from this labyrinth involves distinguishing the realm of the real or actual from that of the ideal. In the former there is composition from parts but no continuity: everything is discrete, even though divided to infinity. In the latter there is genuine continuity but no composition, the whole being prior to the parts. Since the two realms are disjoint, there is...
Keywords Leibniz  monads  continuity  force
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DOI 10.1353/hph.2019.0087
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