Here again Garber convincingly argues against those competing interpretations, most notably Robert Adams's 'qualified monad conception' (93-7), that try to assimilate these ideas to Leibniz's subsequent monadology by downplaying the significance of corporeal substance
talk in these middle years and emphasizing the continuity of this metaphysics with Leibniz's latter thought.
(iib) For when it uses the term `breath', it has borrowed this from the corporeal realm, so that we may be able to understand, albeit partially, how Christ himself, who is Wisdom, by analogy with that vapour which proceeds from some corporeal substance
, comes into being from the power of God himself.
Two kinds of language are juxtaposed, placed in conflict with each other, to point up the contrast between a poetry which stresses corporeal substance
and seeks to accommodate organic process, mutability, and time, so that the body may be summoned into something like an immediate physical presence; and a poetry which dematerializes flesh and blood and seeks to transcend time and change and therefore succeeds only in making the body absent, lost to the present.
The author argues that Emilie du Chatelet's metaphysics of corporeal substance
in the 1740s was a species of realism.
Philosophia peripatetica emendate: Leibniz and Des Bosses on the Aristotelian Corporeal Substance
, LUCIAN PETRESCU
Admittedly, I leave to one side Leibniz's flirtation with corporeal substance
. My reading of Leibniz's references to corporeal substance
is of a piece with what Robert Adams calls "a qualified one substance" account wherein corporeal substances
are not bona fide composites (though I acknowledge that some of Leibniz's texts do not fare well on such a reading).
In Chapter 4, "Confused Perception and the Union of Soul and Body," Blank explores the tensions in Leibniz's approach to corporeal substance
. This is continued in Chapter 5, "Substance Monism and Substance Pluralism," where it is argued that there are two different concepts of substance at work in Leibniz's early metaphysics.