Leibniz's pre-established harmony as the Matrix Leibniz introduced his Idealism to get away from what he believed to be the impossibility (as things stood) of mind and matter interacting. He gave a logical means to deal with it, which is the only logically correct version of the mind-body problem. Obviously it's complicated, but also opens doors. And he realized the complication he introduced, said, in effect, "yes, it's okay to consider bodies interacting in the Newtonian sense. Just don't take it seriously."
His view of God is not one of direct interaction with the world but one of God at the the same time controlling it-- indirectly controlling it through the Pre-established Harmony (PEH). God drew it up as a script on the 7th day and then rested--still does. In this interpretation God is something like a computer program. If you like, perhaps like the matrix, but following a previous script. As to human free will, his PEH allows human free will because he (in my view) concocted the PEH backwards in time. The PEH then knows what you will choose, but doesn't force that action. Dr. Roger Clough NIST (ret.) 5/18/2013 See my Leibniz site at http://team.academia.edu/RogerClough -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.