• Dynamical Interpretation of Leibniz’s Continuum

    Author(s):
    Vassil Vidinsky (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    History of philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Continuum, Force, Law of Continuity, Leibniz, Syncategorematic
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/vrkc-2r04
    Abstract:
    This dynamical interpretation of the continuum is based on a threefold perspective. First, detailed differentiation of all standard realms of Leibnizian Weltanschauung – (R real), (P phenomenal), (I ideal). Second, analysis of the scope of the Law of Continuity famously formulated by Leibniz and mapping it onto this (RPI) structure. Third, finding the precise place of dynamics and force in this (RPI) continuum. These perspectives (taxonomical, legislative and junctional) if put together lead to a new understanding of monads’ role; and they are not taken anymore as a discreet part of Leibnizian philosophy (as opposed to the ideal space and time), but as dynamical continuum incorporating in itself both contiguity and continuity. And in such a way they are both neutralizing and preserving the syncategorematic phenomenal infinity. The main point is that force can be applied both to perception and appetition of monads and by this we give the shortest Leibnizian answer to the Zeno’s Dichotomy paradox – “force”. But what is more important, such dynamical interpretation gives good schematic and systematic view of Leibnizian mature philosophy. And it appears (as expected) that the thread out of the Labyrinth of the Continuum is not only geometrical and physical, but metaphysical too.
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