The Thomistic analysis of the concept of transcendental unity is not distinctive in scholastic tradition; however, like Aquinas, Leibniz holds that the principle of individual unity is substantial form, and this doctrine was original with Aquinas. This anthology is about the signal change in Leibniz’s metaphysics with his explicit adoption of substantial forms in 1678-79. Transtemporal Sameness and the Rehabilitation of Substantial Form in Leibniz’s Theory of Substance.” In Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Forms: Between Continuity and Transformation, ed. Nita, Adrian, 43 – 58. In terms of the former, they do the work of substantial forms, possessing an entelechy which guarantees that they unfold through time as they ought. Article excerpt. By Hillman, T. Allan. enough to form the basis for anything substantial. I . The substantial form plays, therefore, an essential role, not merely in certain kinds of scientific explanation, but by being a fundamental efficient cause in its own right. A theory of substantial forms asserts that forms (or ideas) organize matter and make it intelligible.Substantial forms are the source of properties, order, unity, identity, and information about objects. It is not surprising, in light of Leibniz's reconciliatory nature, that monads bear hallmarks of both Aristotelian and mechanistic philosophy. For Leibniz, the unity of a substance is the undividedness of its being. Leibniz’s own version represents a form of concurrentism, since he rejects the view that the change in perceptual states of a created substance is due solely to that created substance itself. The idea of substantial forms dominates ancient Greek philosophy and medieval philosophy, but has fallen out of favour in modern philosophy. Another important text by Leibniz from the same thread is A Specimen of Discoveries of the Admirable Secrets of Nature in General (Leibniz, 1686). This change can either be seen as a moment of discontinuity with his metaphysics of maturity or as a moment of continuity, such as a … When early critics, such as Leibniz, pointed out that there remained some things such as the living force (vis viva ) or the gravitational force at a distance, about which Newton refused to form hypotheses, that still required a substantial form for their explanation, they missed the force of the Galilean arguments as well. Read preview. ACCORDING TO LEIBNIZ, (1) there are constraints on what counts as a genuine individual substance. Substantial Simplicity in Leibniz: Form, Predication, & Truthmakers . The concept of substantial forms dominates ancient Greek philosophy and medieval philosophy, but has fallen out of favour in modern philosophy. Stanford Libraries' official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more. A theory of substantial forms asserts that forms (or ideas) organize matter and make it intelligible.Substantial forms are the source of properties, order, unity, identity, and information about objects. Dordrecht: Springer.