This book offers a sustained reevaluation of the most central and perplexing themes of Leibniz's metaphysics. Jan Cover and John O'Leary-Hawthorne examine the question of how the scholastic themes that were Leibniz's inheritance figureand are refiguredin his mature account of substance and individuation. As a rigorous philosophical treatment of a still-influential mediary between scholastic and modern metaphysics, their study will be of interest to historians of philosophy and modern metaphysicians alike.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Leibniz and the problem of individuation: the historical and philosophical context; 2. Relations; 3. Essentialism; 4. Haecceitism and anti-haecceitism; 5. Sufficient reason and the identity of Indiscernibles; 6. Law-of-the-series, identity and change; 7. The threat of one substance; Bibliography; Index.