This week we continued our discussion from last time of sections 35 and 36, as well as the first 6 questions from section 37. For next time, we will be reading up through question 14 of section 37 (page 183).
Many of the issues we focused on were similar to those we discussed in the past: What is the relationship between the whole of nature and its parts, and between the thoughts of the parts and the thoughts (if any) of the whole? Are the constitutive parts of nature parts in anything like our understanding of parthood, or is the terminology misleading? Lots of discussion of infinite divisibility and anti-atomism.
One question we talked about was, “How different is Cavendish’s view from Middle Leibniz?” and this is something I am not sure we settled.