Kant thought the idea of “slumbering” monads was unbelievably funny.421 Perhaps it is. But behind it lay the conviction that all things could change and better themselves; and this, in turn, encouraged the humanitarian outlook and activist philosophy that separates van Helmont and Leibniz from so many of their contemporaries, contemporaries who loathed and feared the common people and objected to any kind of progressive social policy on the grounds that it would undermine the status quo.
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Common People Fall Nature Early Modern Period Divine Power
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