Monadology is a multi-author weblog written by Nathanael Eagle, Michael Sullivan, and HB. It is personal in scope, with moderate aspirations toward exploration of universal truths. It is named after a work by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a philosopher and mathematician whose attempts to describe existence were uniquely intimate and beautiful. This blog, like the original Monadology, endeavors to take small but definite steps toward true understanding.
Monadology began as the personal weblog of Nathanael Eagle, a graduate of St. John’s College, in 2003. Over time, the blog became centered less around Eagle’s personal exploits and more around the conversations between Eagle and a number of commenters generous enough to bestow time and interest in the task of dialectic. In recognition of this spirit, Michael Sullivan and HB, also Johnnies, became the second and third Monadologists in January 2007.
Most of the artwork used to create this blog is by one Howard Pyle, a brilliant turn-of-the-century illustrator and novelist. Most other images are woodcuttings pilfered from various historical texts. Monadology is powered by Movable Type.
All technical matters are overseen by Nate, the tech Monadologist, and thus the blame for the site’s many technical defects rests squarely on his shoulders.