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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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Propositions and Concepts

Propositions and Concepts

(p.47) III Propositions and Concepts
The Philosophy of Leibniz

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Underlying Leibniz's entire logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of language is the traditional view that the essential role of language is to represent our thoughts about the extralinguistic world. In accord with this, he speaks of three distinct regions or realms: (1) reality, (2) the realm of ideas, and (3) language. Reality consists exclusively of monads; the realm of ideas consists of concepts, a subclass of which are propositions; and language consists mainly of words, which are phenomena or collections of similar phenomena. This chapter is a close study of Leibniz's notions of concepts and propositions.

Keywords:   concept, idea, language, Leibniz, phenomenon, proposition, reality

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