Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm (1646-1716)
philosopher, mathematician, historian, jurist, and physicist.
Against any monistic view of the universe, he characterized ultimate
reality as composed of an infinite number of simple, indivisible, immaterial
substances, i.e., spiritual atoms, or monads, created and maintained by
the existence of the Prime Monad, i.e., God.
Monads are also self-determining substances which together comprise Gods
best possible world, wherein material substances do indeed have their own
realities, although they are dependent finally upon monads existing in a pre-established
harmony that allows order and causal relationships to occur.
by: Marty Maddox/CTNS
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