chapter  11
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The world as explicable

It is a strange world we are about to enter, but not perhaps as odd as it first appears. Leibniz argues that, strange though it may be, it is the only possible way to make sense of the world. Unless (like our contemporary common sense) you are willing to say that

ultimately the world makes no sense at all, then he claims it must be as he says it is. So the thread to hang on to as you enter the Labyrinth of the Continuum and the Labyrinth of Freedom and discover the windowless monads that they contain is that Leibniz’s extraordinary account of what is the case is, he claims, the only possible view of what must be the case in order for the world to make sense.1