By Dennis Plaisted

The thinker Gottfried Leibniz acknowledged that considered one of his so much importantdoctrines, and actually the most very important doctrines in all of philosophy in addition to theology, is that there aren't any simply extrinsic denominations (NPE hereafter). the existing interpretation of his perspectives is that every one extrinsic denominations (roughly relational homes) lessen to intrinsic denominations (roughly non-relational properties). in keeping with this reductionist view, issues merely have intrinsic denominations as houses; extrinsic denominations are usually not actual homes of items. This e-book, even if, takes a very assorted view, arguing that NPE is de facto the declare that extrinsic denominations are homes of the issues they denominate. to set up his view, the writer examines a variety of texts during which Leibniz derives NPE from different of his recognized doctrines, akin to his predicate-in-subject precept of fact, the interconnection of all issues and the identification of indiscernibles. Plaisted additionally investigates Leibniz1s use of NPE as a premise to set up his declare that every monad expresses the universe. the result's that the author1s interpreting of NPE permits way more believable and typical reconstructions of those arguments than does its reductionist counterpart. ultimately, through exploring the inferential connections among NPE and those different very important Leibnizian doctrines, this paintings additionally monitors the valuable position that NPE occupies in Leibniz's philosophy as an entire. Dennis Plaisted acquired his Ph.D. in philosophy from the collage of California at Santa Barbara and his J.D. from the collage of Southern California legislations college. he's at the moment traveling Professor of Philosophy on the Rochester Institute of expertise.

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And as further evidence against (12)’s suitability as the missing link, there is this passage in which Leibniz argues from PS to NPE to (9), and then to (12): That all existing things have this intercourse with each other can be proved . . from the fact that . . there are no extrinsic denominations and no one becomes a widower in India by the death of his wife in Europe unless a real change occurs in him. 46 The claim that, “no one becomes a widower in India by the death of his wife in Europe unless a real change occurs in him,” is simply a way of stating (9) in a particularized way.

And if the PS principle does apply to propositions having them as predicates, then how can Cover and Hawthorne prevent those denominations from being included in the denominated individual’s concept (at least in the case of true propositions)? V. Are Extrinsic Denominations the Sort of Predicates to which PS Can Apply? They may well respond, however, that though extrinsic denominations are predicate concepts in some sense, they are not the sort of predicate concepts to which the PS principle was meant to apply.

That is, it applies to them after and only after they have been properly reduced to propositions having only intrinsic denominations as predicates. PS is applicable to propositions with intrinsic denominations as predicates, and it is from these, according to the reductionist view, that the truth of propositions involving extrinsic denominations can be inferred. So, in this indirect sense, PS is applicable to such propositions, and that is all Leibniz is maintaining in the above quote from Primary Truths.

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