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Leibnitz

, Leibniz
Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von . 1646--1716, German rationalist philosopher and mathematician. He conceived of the universe as a hierarchy of independent units or monads, synchronized by pre-established harmony. His works include Th?odic?e (1710) and Monadologia (1714). He also devised a system of calculus, independently of Newton
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Perhaps the most traditional way to interpret Leibniz on this point is along the lines of presupposition.
Chapter 3 considers Leibniz's evolving views concerning the status of atoms.
While working on adding automatic multiplication and division to Pascal's calculator, he was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator in 1685 and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator.
Leibniz has gone largely unnamed by readers of Blake who have sought to identify the latter's philosophical allies, as have panpsychism and pantheism; most critics see Blake in the tractates embracing a modified form of George Berkeley's idealism in opposition to the materialist empiricism that Blake disparaged in Newton and Locke.