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  • n. The doctrine or theory of monads.

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  • n. The doctrine or theory of monads.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the philosophy of Leibnitz, the doctrine of monads; also, any similar metaphysical theory, as that of Lotze. See monad, 1.


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monad +‎ -ology


  • I like to think of Leibniz's theory of monadology as an analogy of the perfect library where all the books are distinct, and the harmony is the cataloguing system that allows each book to stand in its own nature, never affecting its neighbouring books.

    Excerpt from Codex Infinitum

  • Leibniz's monadology — a theory of metaphysical substance appropriated by Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel, and others — may help to explain a phenomenon that appears to be remote — almost inconceivably remote — from philosophical metaphysics: the genealogy of modern nightlife.

    Article Abstracts

  • Furthermore, Benjamin's appropriation of Leibniz's monadology betrays a significant debt to the poetological theories of early German

    Club Monad

  • One must bear in mind, however, that Benjamin's monadology of the Arcades always reverts to an understanding of language and its role in configuring experience, a deductive regression also characteristic of Leibniz's formulation of monadic substance.

    Club Monad

  • There can be no external origin for a mental element in Leibniz's monadology, and the same can be said for the metaphysics of Spinoza, the third of the great Rationalists.


  • Leibniz's monadology exemplified both errors, for Leibniz thought that, merely by rationally considering the problem of the divisibility of matter, he could conclusively demonstrate that the basic constituents of the universe were unextended soul-like entities.

    Kant and Leibniz

  • Kant points to the tension between the theory of pre-established harmony and the monadology; “Why should one admit bodies, if it is possible that everything happens in the soul as a result of its own powers, which would run the same course even if entirely isolated?”

    Kant and Leibniz

  • The concept of nonclassical organization of singularities may be seen as a critical, post-Kantian, response to or as a nonclassical rereading of Leibniz's monadology, which makes it, if one is permitted so monstrous a term, into

    Thinking Singularity with Immanuel Kant and Paul de Man: Aesthetics, Epistemology, History and Politics

  • (G II 253/AG 178) In other words, in the Leibnizian monadology, simple substances are mind-like entities that do not, strictly speaking, exist in space but that represent the universe from a unique perspective.

    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

  • The professorial thesis has the full title, “the use in natural philosophy of the synthesis of metaphysics and geometry, whose first sample contains the physical monadology.”

    Kant's Philosophical Development


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