Episode #037 … Leibniz pt. 1 – A Million Points of Light

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On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Gottfried Leibniz. First, we find out what important invention created a riff between Leibniz and Isaac Newton. Next, we learn about Leibniz’s theory of Monads (which are basically the atoms of the spirit world), and how they are programmed to ensure that we are living in the best of all possible worlds. Finally, we learn about Leibniz’s distinction between “necessary truths” and “truths of fact,” and how knowing the difference can save you a lot of time and confusion. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!


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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:

Nicely written, concise biography of Leibniz: http://www.egs.edu/library/gottfried-wilhelm-leibniz/biography/

Something dear to me…well done outline of several types of fallacies in arguments. (With REAL examples!): https://craigssenseofwonder.wordpress.com/tag/correlation-vs-causation/

Great Reddit Discussion on the free will of Leibniz. Slippery subject for a lot of readers. This offers some clarity: http://www.reddit.com/r/philosophy/comments/1bt00f/leibniz_and_free_will_can_they_get_along/

Nice table showing the types of Monads and their basic functions

Nice table showing the types of Monads and their basic functions


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