Why you should study Leibniz 

Leibniz is what you might call a Platonist; he is an anti-materialist. Just as 
Marx turned Hegel upside down,  
so Leibniz turns today's cult of materialism on its head.  
I believe he's in the vanguard of   theoretical physics, yet is difficult to 
understand (a large part due to his standing  
materialism on its head.) Materialism can only ttreat Self as an abstract 
object, but Leibniz, with his monads, allows  
for a full-blooded self. And in an age in which materialism has replaced God 
with a non-entity, in Leibniz, God is a nexcessity. 

Marx turned Hegel upside down, so Leibniz turns today's cult of materialism on 
its head. I Ibelieve he's in the vanguard of   
 theoretical physics, yet is difficult to understand (a large part due to his 
standing materialism on its head.)  
Materialism can only ttreat Self as an abstract object, but Leibniz, with his 
monads, allows for a full-blooded self.  
And in an age in which materialism has replaced God with a non-entity, in 
Leibniz, God is a necessity because  
the world (all of the monads) cannot run without God's governance. 

And yet Leibniz today is not on the cutting edge as he should be,  
science, religion and philosophy have all ignored him.  
he is treated somewhat as a joke by not a few philosophers. 


Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000] 
See my Leibniz site at 
http://independent.academia.edu/RogerClough

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