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The Philosophy of Leibniz: Metaphysics and Language

Benson Mates


This book offers a critical account of the fundamental elements of Leibniz's philosophy, as they manifest themselves in his metaphysics and philosophy of language. Emphasis is placed upon his hitherto neglected doctrine of nominalism, which states that only concrete individuals exist and that there are no such things as abstract entities – no numbers, geometrical figures or other mathematical objects, nor any abstractions such as space, time, heat, light, justice, goodness, or beauty. Using this doctrine as a basis, the book considers the core of Leibniz's metaphysics and philosophy of languag ... More

Keywords: abstract entities, history of philosophy, identity, individuals, language, Leibniz, logic, mathematics, metaphysics, necessity, nominalism, possibility, possible worlds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1989 Print ISBN-13: 9780195059465
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195059468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benson Mates, author
University of California, Berkeley
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