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Alan Nelson

Great stuff.
The Aesthetic-Maximization Principle seems to lead to monadology. Maximization requires that *every* ("spatial") perspective on beauty be taken up.

Eric Schliesser

Yes, and it's clear that as late as 1690 Huygens is still toying with that, and then decides against it. But re-reading Cosmotheoros made me see that Huygens and Leibniz are far closer than I had previously allowed. (It's easy to point to their differences, but Huygens is very much rejecting both Descartes and Spinoza; and there is plenty of cosmic harmony in his picture. etc.)

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