Laws of motion
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- “I have tried to uncover and unite the truth buried and scattered in the opinions of different philosophical sects, and I believe I have added something of my own to take a few steps forward. The circumstances of my studies, from my earliest youth, have given me some facility in this. I learned Aristotle as a lad, and even the Scholastics did not put me off; I am not at all regretful of this even now. But at that time Plato too, and Plotinus, gave me some satisfaction, not to mention other ancient thinkers whom I consulted later. After leaving the trivial schools, I fell upon the moderns, and I remember at the age of fifteen taking a walk by myself in a grove on the outskirts of Leipzig, called the Rosental, in order to deliberate about whether I should retain ‘substantial forms’? Mechanism, however, finally prevailed and led me to apply myself to mathematics. It is true that I did not enter into its depths until after I had conversed with Huygens in Paris. But when I looked for the ultimate reasons for mechanism, and for the ‘laws of motion’ themselves, I was very surprised to see that it was impossible to find them in mathematics, and that I should have to return to metaphysics. This is what led me back to entelechies, and from the "material" to the "formal", and ultimately brought me to understand, after a number of corrections and improvements to my notions, that monads, or "simple substances", are the only true substances, and that material things are only phenomena, albeit well-founded and well-connected.”
- Laws of motion – Hmolpedia 2020.