Issue #36 December 2020

What Is A Monad? Leibniz’s Monadology

Leibniz’s Monadology is a wild text. Famously in it he argues that everything is monads, more or less. But what does that mean? I want to here trace a line through the text and hopefully make things a bit clearer, and also try to illustrate some of the awesome weirdness that Leibniz courageously dives into. These aims will, understandably, occasionally be at odds with one another.

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John C. Brady is a student of philosophy and educator situated in Beijing. He gets most of his reading done in traffic jams. He is also a co-editor of this magazine, by way of full disclosure.

Works Cited


December 2020


On Virtuality: Deleuze, Bergson, Simondon

by Matt Bluemink

What Is A Monad? Leibniz’s Monadology

by John C. Brady

Phenomenology — Eine Übersichtliche Darstellung

by Giorgi Vachnadze

Some Notes on Berkeley and the After-life

by Raphael Chim