The Monadology of Leibniz. With an Introduction, Commentary and Supplementary Essays by Herbert Wildon Carr.

[LEIBNIZ] CARR, Herbert Wildon (1857-1931):

Verlag: Los Angeles: University of Southern California School of Philosophy, 1930., 1930
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First Edition. Frontispiece (tipped-in), ix, 213, [1=colophon, Favil Press, stated first printing] pp. Original cloth. Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. 'University of Southern California Studies, Philosophy Series no. 3' slip affixed to half-title. 'Herbert Wildon Carr asserted in his book on Leibniz (Leibniz, London: Ernest Benn, 1929, 129) that the direct influence of Leibniz's ideas 'in England . . . was practically null'. Carr's books however are strongly based upon a metaphysical conception of life that, according to him, directly stems from Leibniz's Monadology. Carr's 'theory of Monads' sets the framework for an antimechanistic, vitalist philosophy. I will focus my attention on two points: his Monadological analyses of what he calls 'the new physics', i. e., Quantum theory and Einstein's theory of relativity, first, and then, his views on human relations as 'monadic intercourse'. In both cases, Carr found the expression of the 'activity of the monad'. In his appealing to Monadism as a metaphysical account of the whole range of phenomena, natural and social, Carr seems to be closer to a French 19th-century tradition that, starting from Condillac's thoughts on Monads, reached its climax in Maine de Biran, Charles Renouvier and Gabriel de Tarde 'new monadologies'. However, Carr criticizes all these attempts at a monadological foundation of reality and knowledge because all of them assumed Monads with windows. In spite of his protestations to the contrary, Carr advocates a plain Leibnizian Monadology with windowless Monads. He even dared boast of his valiant acceptance of the solipsism inherent, according to him, to Leibniz Monadology. In this sense, although he asserts that his Monadology is Leibnizian only in form (Cogitans Cogitata, London: The Favil Press, 1930, ix), Carr believed that he was strictly following Leibnizian doctrines when accounting for 'the new science' and the human world. This is more astonishing still within the framework of the influence on Carr played by Henri Bergson's philosophy. However, the Bergsonian 'évolution créatrice', and related theories on 'emergent evolution', offered him a solution to the difficulties of the pre-established harmony' (Abstract of Alberto Guillermo Ranea's 'Herbert Wildon Carr and the Fortunes of Leibnizian Monads', a paper read at the Leibniz and the English-Speaking World conference Sept. 3-6, 2003). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 15455

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Titel: The Monadology of Leibniz. With an ...
Verlag: Los Angeles: University of Southern California School of Philosophy, 1930.
Erscheinungsdatum: 1930
Einband: Hardcover
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