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By D.A. Anapolitanos

Anapolitanos seriously examines and evaluates 3 uncomplicated features of the Leibnizian metaphysical method: Leibniz's model of illustration; the primary of continuity; and house, time, and the phenomenally spatio-temporal.
bankruptcy I discusses illustration, in particular because it refers back to the connection among the genuine and the exceptional degrees of Leibniz's procedure. bankruptcy II examines the main of continuity, together with continuity as a common function of each point of Leibniz's metaphysics. the placement followed is that the matter of the composition of the continuum performed a significant function at the improvement of Leibniz's non-spatial and non-temporal monadic metaphysics. The equipment constructed is then used to provide a brand new interpretation of Leibniz' metaphysics of house and time. The suggestion of oblique illustration is used to build applicable versions that make clear the character of the correspondence among the true and the exceptional degrees on the subject of the relatives `spatially among' and `temporally between', in addition to within the circumstances of spatial and temporal density. ultimately, Leibniz's strategy to the matter of the continuum is mentioned, arguing that it isn't solely passable. A non-anachronistic substitute is proposed, appropriate with Leibniz's metaphysics of substance.

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We should make clear that for Leibniz the idea of minute or petite perceptions and its correlate, the minimum perceptibile, is not restricted to visual sense perceptions. ". The following quotation from the Reflections on the Doctrine ofa Single Universal Spirit makes this clear: 44 45 [128], p. , G, IV, 563-564. REPRESENTATIONALISM 43 We have an infinity of petite perceptions which we are incapable of distinguishing.

E. representation), a species of which is "natural perception" in a single monad. e. through perceiving oneself as perceiving. One thing expresses another (in my terminology) when there is a constant and regular relationship between what can be said of one and of the other. It is in this way that a projection in perspective expresses a geometric figure. Expression is common to all the forms and is a genus of which natural perception, animal sensation and intellectual knowledge are species . In natural perception and sensation it suffices that what is divisible and material 30 CHAPTER I and is found dispersed among several beings should be expressed or represented in a single indivisible being or in a substance which is endowed with a true unity.

By "amnesia" we do not mean that no traces of his perceptions are left in him. On the contrary , we mean that such traces remain unconscious in him. Though forgotten, some day their tum will come to contribute to some noticeable perception. The following passage from the New Essays on Human Understanding is quite illuminating in this respect: In man 's case ... perceptions are accompanied by the power to reflect, which turns into actual reflection when there are the means for it. But when a man is reduced to a state where it is as though he were in a lethargy, and where he has almost no feeling, he does lose reflection and awareness ...

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