Leibniz on Compossibility and Possible Worlds


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Yual Chiek
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75, The New Synthese Historical Library

This volume brings together a number of original articles by leading Leibniz scholars to address the meaning and significance of Leibniz¿s notions of compossibility and possible worlds. In order to avoid the conclusion that everything that exists is necessary, or that all possibles are actual, as Spinoza held, Leibniz argued that not all possible substances are compossible, that is, capable of coexisting. In Leibniz¿s view, the compossibility relation divides all possible substances into disjoint sets, each of which constitutes a possible world, or a way that God might have created things. For Leibniz, then, it is the compossibility relation that individuates possible worlds; and possible worlds form the objects of God¿s choice, from among which he chooses the best for creation. Thus the notions of compossibility and possible worlds are of major significance for Leibniz¿s metaphysics, his theodicy, and, ultimately, for his ethics.
Given the fact, however, that none of the approaches to understanding Leibniz¿s notions of compossibility and possible words suggested to date have gained universal acceptance, the goal of this book is to gather a body of new papers that explore ways of either refining previous interpretations in light of the objections that have been raised against them, or ways of framing new interpretations that will contribute to a fresh understanding of these key notions in Leibniz¿s thought.
Presents cutting-edge research on the topic of Leibniz studies
Chapter 1. ¿Compossibility: An Overview¿; Yual Chiek.- Chapter 2. ¿Compossibility and the Unity of the Divine Will¿; Thomas Feeney.- Chapter 3. ¿Compossibility: A Defense of the Cosmological Interpretation¿; Donald Rutherford.- Chapter 4. ¿Leibnizian Possible Worlds and the (Metaphysical) Possibility of Spatial Vacuä; Gregory Brown.- Chapter 5. ¿In the Same World¿; Olli Koistinen.- Chapter 6. ¿The Fate of `The World¿ After Leibniz¿; James Messina.- Chapter 7. ¿Harmony and Compossibility in Leibniz¿; Brandon Look.- Chapter 8. ¿On Tiles, Laws, and Worlds ¿ Leibniz and the Problem of Compossibility¿; Sebastian Bender.- Chapter 9. ¿Incompossibility¿; Nicholas Rescher.- Chapter 10. ¿Different Times, Different Worlds: Incompossibility and Incompatibility in Leibniz¿; Mogens Laerke.- Chapter 11. ¿Incompossibility, Individuality, and Relations¿; Ohad Nachtomy.- Chapter 12. "Truth, Concepts, and Essences: An Ontological Interpretation of Leibniz's Account of Compossibility"; Joshua Horn.- Chapter 13. "The Independence of Substances and Compossibility"; Kristin Primus.

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