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The New Synthese Historical Library

Possibility, Agency, and Individuality in Leibniz's Metaphysics

Authors: Nachtomy, Ohad

  • Presents a detailed discussion of Leibniz’s view of possibility
  • Connects Leibniz’s view of possibility and his view of actuality
  • Provides an original approach to the questions of individuation and relations in Leibniz
  • Offers a novel account of Leibniz’s notion of Nested Individuals
  • Presents new insights into the questions of freedom and moral agency
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This work presents Leibniz’s subtle approach to possibility and explores some of its consequential repercussions in his metaphysics. Ohad Nachtomy presents Leibniz’s approach to possibility by exposing his early suppositions, arguing that he held a combinatorial conception of possibility. He considers the transition from possibility to actuality through the notion of agency; the role divine agency plays in actualization; moral agency and human freedom of action and the relation between agency and necessity in comparison to Spinoza. Nachtomy analyzes Leibniz’s notion of nested, organic individuals and their peculiar unity, in distinction from his notion of aggregates.

Nachtomy suggests that Leibniz defined possible individuals through combinatorial rules that generate unique and maximally consistent structures of predicates in God’s understanding and that such rules may be viewed as programs for action. He uses this definition to clarify Leibniz’s notions of individuation, relations and his distinction between individual substances and aggregates as well as the notion of organic individuals, which have a nested structure to infinity. Nachtomy concludes that Leibniz’s definition of a possible individual as a program of action helps clarifying the unity and simplicity of nested individuals. The book thus reveals a thread that runs through Leibniz’s metaphysics: from his logical notion of possible individuals to his notion of actual, nested ones.

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"This book should certainly be read by scholars interested in Leibniz's philosophy, but also by those interested in metaphysical topics in the history of modern philosophy." (Christian Leduc, Princeton University, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17:4, 2009)

"What is outstanding about this book is the clear line of analysis connecting Leibniz’s views on possibilia in the divine mind with the determinants of contingent simple substances in the actual world. Nachtomy applies a similar analytic approach to the notions of complex substances and living beings, thus unveiling a new systemic configuration of Leibniz’s metaphysics and philosophy of nature." (François Duchesneau, Université de Montréal)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Possibility, Agency, and Individuality in Leibniz's Metaphysics
Authors
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
61
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5245-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5245-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5244-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7319-8
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 272
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