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4. Possible worlds and fundamental principles

4. Possible worlds and fundamental principles  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0004
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Leibniz’s commitment to the characteristica universalis and the scientia generalis rested on his conviction that logic is a mirror of the structure of reality. In his view, the principles ... More
5. Complete-concept theory, theory of truth, and theory of knowledge

5. Complete-concept theory, theory of truth, and theory of knowledge  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0005
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9780198718642
Leibniz maintained that the principle of identity/non-contradiction implies that every true predication must have some foundation in the nature of that thing. Otherwise A would not be A. If ... More
5. What is a cause?

5. What is a cause?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0006
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‘What is a cause?’ describes why causation is vital and what causal connections are. Without causation nothing would matter to anything else. We might think of a cause as one event followed ... More
8. What is possible?

8. What is possible?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0009
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9780199657124
‘What is possible?’ looks at possibilities. Are they things? Do they have any kind of being? Or are they a mere fabrication: things we can think about but which are not really a part of the ... More
5. Counterfactual dependence: do causes make a difference?

5. Counterfactual dependence: do causes make a difference?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0006
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Causes, we might say, make a difference to what happens. They are difference makers. ‘Counterfactual dependence: do causes make a difference?’ considers counterfactual dependence as a test ... More
Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.001.0001
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9780198718642
Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction discusses the philosophy of the German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) and his desire for systematic reform and advancement of ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0010
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The ‘Epilogue’ concludes that it is possible to trace important elements of Leibniz’s way of thinking back to many different traditions, all of them reshaped and remodelled with the help of ... More
6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy

6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0006
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9780198718642
‘The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy’ explains that Leibniz’s claim that the world we live in is ‘the best of all possible worlds’ is deceptively simple, but based on ... More
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Mumford

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778308
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.001.0001
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9780199657124
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction looks at the basic and most important questions of metaphysical thought in order to understand the theory: What are objects? Do colours ... More

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