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Substance and Individuation in Leibniz - Jan A. Cover

Substance and Individuation in Leibniz

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Published: 28th September 1999
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This book offers a sustained re-evaluation of the most central and perplexing themes of Leibniz's metaphysics. In contrast to traditional assessments that view the metaphysics in terms of its place among post-Cartesian theories of the world, Jan Cover and John O'Leary-Hawthorne examine the question of how the scholastic themes which were Leibniz's inheritance figure - and are refigured - in his mature account of substance and individuation. From this emerges a fresh and sometimes surprising assessment of Leibniz's views on modality, the Identity of Indiscernibles, form as an internal law, and the complete-concept doctrine. As a rigorous philosophical treatment of a still-influential mediary between scholastic and modern metaphysics, their study will be of interest to historians of philosophy and contemporary metaphysicians alike.

From the hardback review: 'J. A. Cover and John Hawthorne have written an important, and exciting, book ... it is a stunning vindication of the value that 'philosophical' history of philosophy can have.' Mind

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Leibniz and the problem of individuation: the historical and philosophical context
Relations
Essentialism
Haecceitism and anti-haecceitism
Sufficient reason and the identity of Indiscernibles
Law-of-the-series, identity and change
The threat of one substance
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521593946
ISBN-10: 0521593948
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th September 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64