Propositions and Concepts

Benson Mates

in The Philosophy of Leibniz

Published in print June 1989 | ISBN: 9780195059465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833429 | DOI:
Propositions and Concepts

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Underlying Leibniz's entire logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of language is the traditional view that the essential role of language is to represent our thoughts about the extralinguistic world. In accord with this, he speaks of three distinct regions or realms: (1) reality, (2) the realm of ideas, and (3) language. Reality consists exclusively of monads; the realm of ideas consists of concepts, a subclass of which are propositions; and language consists mainly of words, which are phenomena or collections of similar phenomena. This chapter is a close study of Leibniz's notions of concepts and propositions.

Keywords: concept; idea; language; Leibniz; phenomenon; proposition; reality

Chapter.  12564 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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