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On the relation between God and creatures in the monadological system.

Kamioka, K.; (2005) On the relation between God and creatures in the monadological system. Masters thesis , University of London. Green open access

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The main task of the present thesis is to clarify Leibniz's conception of the relation between God and creatures, in contrast with Spinozism. Before performing this task, I shall show that the relation between God and creatures corresponds in the monadological system to the relation between the soul and the body, and that these two relations are both ontological by which I mean that they are essentially concerned with the distinction between a being and its being. In order to explicate these two relations properly, I shall adopt the Heideggerian ontology as a method of the interpretation of Leibniz. The present thesis has three parts. In Part One I shall determine the relation between the soul and the body with recourse to Heidegger's ontological difference, and show that this relation corresponds to the relation between God and creatures (or the world as the sum of created beings). In Part Two I shall show more clearly how these two relations correspond. In order to do so, I shall determine in more detail the relation between the soul and the body, by grasping it as the relation among the dominant monad, its body and the subordinate monads. This latter relation will be explicated again by the ontological difference. In Part Three I shall treat of a paradox which follows from the correspondence between the God-world relation and the soul-body relation that is to say, if God is to the world as the soul is to its body, it follows that he is the world-soul which has the world as its body the doctrine which Leibniz consistently rejects, ascribing it particularly to Spinoza. I shall show that this doctrine itself does not contradict the theory of monads. It is in this part that the contrast is made between the monadological system and Spinozism.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: On the relation between God and creatures in the monadological system.
Identifier: PQ ETD:593966
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by Proquest
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446367
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