Are Leibnizian ‘Monads’ Complex?


One crucial characteristic of complexity (complex systems) is the ignorance of any element constituting the system about the system as a whole, in that, if it were known to the element, the whole of complexity would be resident in the element in question begging the metaphysical question concerning the consciousness of the whole residing in an unit/part. Taking into account the non-linearity of the system, this ignorance turns into bliss, as complexity starts to emerge as a result of the patterns of interaction between the constituting elements. But, there might seem some similarity between the Leibnizian monads and elements, would the non-monadic characters of the elements constituting the system. The Leibnizian monads are subject to their own laws following individualism as a key property, non-interactive in nature and most importantly reflect the entire universe. The elements in the complex systems abhor these qualities. The monads are metaphysical, whereas, the elements shun the tag. Monads have ontological existence lying in their irreducible simplicity, a commonality with the elements constituting the complex systems, but get differentiated in their apparent interactions as compared with the real interactions for the elements.

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