Hi Stephen P. King The supreme monad is as necessary as the CPU of a computer, for Leibniz's world is a system, and systems need a control unit. BTW, the materialist mind/brain has no such governor.
I could go on and on, for every part of Leibniz's metaphysics is necessary. and follows logically from his concept of a monad. Here's just a two of many reasons for there being a supreme monad: 1) A supreme monad is needed, for one thing, because monads have no windows to see out of. Their "perceptions" are supplied by a third party, the supreme monad. 2) Another reason is that monads are ideas, and so are not physical and cannot physically interact with other monads. Also, mind and brain cannot physically interact. The Supreme monad is the third party for such situations who can direct the ingteractions theoretically (not physically). [Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net] 12/8/2012 "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen ----- Receiving the following content ----- From: Stephen P. King Receiver: everything-list Time: 2012-12-06, 12:57:17 Subject: Re: Avoiding the use of the word God On 12/6/2012 7:52 AM, Roger Clough wrote: Hi Stephen, I slipped up, sorry. I usually avoid using the word God since that upsets many people. Instead, you can think of L's universe as a complete system with one control, the Supreme Monad (the One). It only needs one master controller, but that is necessary and more than that wouldn't work. Dear Roger, The way I see the idea, there is no need for a single central control or special monad. God is the totality of all Monads and its creation is expressed on and in all of them. I see the language that L used about a "one God" was merely a way to remain in the good graces of the Church. [Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net] 12/6/2012 "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen -- Onward! Stephen -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.