Law or Principle of Continuity

Discipline: Philosophy

Principle of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) which can be roughly rendered as saying that when the difference between two causes is diminished indefinitely, so is the difference between their effects (though Leibniz would not put it in these causal terms, since for him God is the only true cause).

'Nature makes no leaps', as he says in the Preface to his New Essays on the Human Understanding (c. 1704).

Also see: doctrine of pre-established harmony

G H R Parkinson, ed., Leibniz: Philosophical Writings (1973), 158, with refs


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