Question about Leibniz and Euclid/Proclus
« Thread started on: Nov 8th, 2007, 08:24am »
On behald of Stephen, I post this following question:
I'm a philosophy major who is researching the intellectual influences of Leibniz' Monadology. I understand that one influence is probably Euclid's concept of the point as an unextened unit. Euclid's terse mathematical statements also influnced Leibniz' drafting of his Monadology. But could there also be other sources such as Proclus' Elements of Theology? Proclus was also deeply indebted to Euclid's concept of a point when Proclus devized his own concept of soul. Did Leibniz speak or read Greek so that he could appropriate these Greek works? For instance, did he read Euclid in the Greek? I appreciate any help.