Relations and Denominations

Benson Mates

in The Philosophy of Leibniz

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

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In the so‐called region of ideas, the counterparts of declarative sentences are propositions or thoughts; correspondingly, the counterparts of definite or indefinite descriptions are so‐called “denominations”. The content of Leibniz's principle “there are no purely extrinsic denominations,” in its connections with the rest of his philosophy, especially his theory of relations, is explicated. A number of texts are given in which Leibniz endeavors to make clear his view that there really is no such thing as a relations.

Keywords: denominations; dispensability; extrinsic denominations; intrinsic denominations; Leibniz; reducibility; relations

Chapter.  9486 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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