Space and the Extension of Power in Leibniz’ Monadic Metaphysics

History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (3):253-270 (2015)
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Edward Slowik
Winona State University
Abstract
This paper attempts to resolve the puzzle associated with the non-spatiality of monads by investigating the possibility that Leibniz employed a version of the extension of power doctrine, a Scholastic concept that explains the relationship between immaterial and material beings. As will be demonstrated, not only does the extension of power doctrine lead to a better understanding of Leibniz’ reasons for claiming that monads are non-spatial, but it also supports those interpretations of Leibniz’ metaphysics that accepts the real extension of bodies.
Keywords Leibniz  space  monads  extension of power
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