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Leibniz and Relations

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250913
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250916.003.0019

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Leibniz and Relations

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Leibniz held that there are no basic relational truths; his attempts to show that non‐relational truths supervene on relational ones are assessed. Criticism of the view that according to Leibniz there are basic truths in which relational properties are attributed to things is described. Leibniz's view that space is a system of relations and his concept of compossibility are explained and criticized, as is his thesis of the identity of indiscernibles.

Keywords: compossibility; identity; indiscernibility; Leibniz; relational property; space

Chapter.  10145 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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