What is Continuity, What Does It Mean?July 2, 2021
(Os. Inertia, Inactivity, Silence, Eng. Inertia) The idea of motionless evolution. Classical philosophy, which developed with metaphysical and individualistic methods, defended the idea of evolution without revolution, in other words, that there can be no jump or break in natural continuity. The German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) tried to prove this idea of mechanical connection with the law of continuity. According to Leibniz, there is no jump in nature, there is an uninterrupted and unbreakable continuity in natural changes. Natural phenomena chase each other incessantly. Every motion (movement) is the creator of a new motion as well as the result of another motion, and this motion is a continuous and uninterrupted motion.
This law is the law of the divine order, the requirement of pre-established harmony. Scientific developments have proven the opposite of the idea of uninterrupted continuity. Evolution without revolution is possible neither in the natural nor in the social structure. Evolution goes on with revolutions. In other words, no physical object or social event changes only depending on the increase and decrease, the decrease and increase jump at a certain point and the quantitative change turns into a qualitative change (transition from quantity to quality). Physics, chemistry, and sociology are replete with countless examples of this fact. For example, in quanta mechanics, an atom jumps from one favorable quantic state to another.