XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant and Leibniz on Relations and their Place in the Monadology

Marco Santi

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Vico
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 16 aprile 2010


I discuss Kant's treatments of relations throughout his career, a topic which frequently leads him to confront Leibniz's philosophy. I focus on the interaction between simple substances and come to determine (1) the essential ontological features of Leibniz's monadology; (2) those of the monadologies which Kant adopts (PND, MSI) or which he attributes to Leibniz (KrV, MAN, ÜE); (3) their development. MSI allows for a “reformed” Leibnizian monadology: an intelligible world of monads grounds a phenomenal one which does not “mirror” the former. This picture plays a role in Kant's mature philosophy: it becomes, in KrV, the only correct structure we can attribute to a whole of “objects of the understanding”; it is also Critically acceptable, as long as it only serves a limiting function. Moreover, MAN and ÜE attribute to Leibniz a monadology which coincides with the “reformed” one, thus freeing him of the well-known charge of “amphiboly” from KrV.