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The New Synthese Historical Library

Leibniz on Compossibility and Possible Worlds

Editors: Brown, Gregory, Chiek, Yual (Eds.)

  • Presents cutting-edge research on the topic of Leibniz studies
  • A unique book, the first to be exclusively devoted to this topic
  • Posits two of Leibniz’s best-known claims and scrutinizes them from a variety of perspectives
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Yual Chiek is a PhD candidate at Queen's University, Kingston ON. He has presented his work at the Leibniz Society of North America, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and the Leibniz Universitat Hannover. He was a Visiting Research Assistant at Yale University, 2011-2013. His research interest include Early-Modern Philosophy, and Contemporary Epistemology and Metaphysics.
Gregory Brown is professor of Philosophy at The University of Houston, Texas. Brown has published numerous articles in the History of Philosophy and in the Philosophy of Leibniz. His papers have appeared in journals such as The Leibniz Society Review, The Journal of the History of Philosophy, and The British Journal for the History of Philosophy. His research interests are The History of Early-Modern Philosophy, and the History and Philosophy of Science.

Reviews

“This collection brings together nine essays addressing the problem of compossibility in Leibniz’s system of thought. … The collection opens with an excellent introduction to the terrain, reviews established approaches to the problem, and will be extremely helpful to both those new to, and those familiar with, Leibniz. … This collection is an essential read for anyone interested in Leibniz’s metaphysics of possible worlds and compossibility.” (Jacob Mills, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 55 (4), October, 2017)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Brown, Gregory (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • On the Source of Incompossibility in Leibniz’s Paris Notes and Some Remarks on Time and Space as Packing Constraints

    Nachtomy, Ohad

    Pages 21-35

  • Leibniz’s World-Apart Doctrine

    Harmer, Adam

    Pages 37-63

  • On Worlds, Laws and Tiles: Leibniz and the Problem of Compossibility

    Bender, Sebastian

    Pages 65-90

  • Compossibility and Co-possibility

    Chiek, Yual

    Pages 91-124

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Leibniz on Compossibility and Possible Worlds
Editors
  • Gregory Brown
  • Yual Chiek
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
75
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42695-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42695-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42693-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82638-7
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 256
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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