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The Philosophy of LeibnizMetaphysics and Language$
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Benson Mates

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780195059465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195059468.001.0001

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Relations and Denominations

Relations and Denominations

(p.209) XII Relations and Denominations
The Philosophy of Leibniz

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In the so‐called region of ideas, the counterparts of declarative sentences are propositions or thoughts; correspondingly, the counterparts of definite or indefinite descriptions are so‐called “denominations”. The content of Leibniz's principle “there are no purely extrinsic denominations,” in its connections with the rest of his philosophy, especially his theory of relations, is explicated. A number of texts are given in which Leibniz endeavors to make clear his view that there really is no such thing as a relations.

Keywords:   denominations, dispensability, extrinsic denominations, intrinsic denominations, Leibniz, reducibility, relations

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