The Monadology and Other Philosophical Writings

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Oxford University Press, H. Milford, 1898 - Monadology - 437 pages
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Page 23 - By substance, I understand that which is in itself and is conceived through itself; in other words, that, the conception of which does not need the conception of another thing from which it must be formed.
Page 267 - Whence it is easy to conclude that the totality of all spirits must compose the City of God, that is to say, the most perfect state that is possible, under the most perfect of monarchs.
Page 262 - The soul follows its own laws, and the body likewise follows its own laws; and they agree with each other in virtue of the preestablished harmony between all substances, since they are all representations of one and the same universe.
Page 388 - The gravitation of matter towards matter by ways unconceivable to me, is not only a demonstration that God can, if he pleases, put into bodies powers and ways of operation, above what can be derived from our idea of body...
Page 376 - At the height of the vogue for 'second Spiras', at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth...
Page 16 - A witness at his funeral is quoted as remarking that "he was buried more like a robber than what he really was, the ornament of his country.
Page 338 - ... the reason why there exists any world and why this world rather than some other. You may indeed suppose the world eternal ; but as you suppose only a succession of states, in none of which do you find the sufficient reason, and as even any number of...
Page 103 - ... distinct from things existing in time. For it would be impossible there should be any reason why things should be applied to such particular instants rather than to others, their succession continuing the same. But then the same argument proves that instants, considered without the things, are nothing at all and that they consist only in the successive order of things, which order remaining the same, one of the two states, viz., that of a supposed anticipation, would not at all differ, nor could...
Page 134 - For if I saw such a collection of simple ideas, as is wont to be called man, existing together one minute since, and am now alone, I cannot be certain that the same man exists now, since there is no necessary...
Page 388 - And so I thought when I writ it, and can yet conceive no other way of their operation. But I am since convinced by the judicious Mr. Newton's incomparable book, that it is too bold a presumption to limit God's power in this |>oin!

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