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Compossibility, Expression, Accommodation

Catherine Wilson

in Leibniz

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195143744
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143744.003.0006
Compossibility, Expression, Accommodation

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Several texts have suggested that Leibniz regards the relations of compossibility, expression, and accommodation (or harmony) as entailing one another — any collection of compossible substances will be one in which each member of that collection both expresses and harmonizes with every other. Sleigh objects that this is hardly obvious — compossibility is a necessary fact about substances comprising a single world; by contrast, expression and harmony appear to add increasing degrees of perfection to the world. It is argued that universal expression is a feature of Leibnizian possible world, and is defined in terms of the correspondence among the contents of the perceptions of soul-like substances. Accommodation, on the other hand, is restricted to those worlds in which a set of more complex agreements obtains among the interacting, spatiotemporal bodies “projected” by those substances.

Keywords: Leibniz; compossibility; accommodation; expression

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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