• Kinds of Unity, Modes of Union.

    Author(s):
    Enrico Pasini (see profile)
    Date:
    2006
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies
    Subject(s):
    History of philosophy, Early modern philosophy
    Item Type:
    Conference proceeding
    Conf. Title:
    Einheit in der Vielheit. VIII. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongreß
    Conf. Org.:
    G.-W.-Leibniz-Gesellschaft
    Conf. Loc.:
    Hannover
    Conf. Date:
    2006
    Tag(s):
    Leibniz, Substance theory
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/792z-eb89
    Abstract:
    Kinds of unity, modes of union—why bother? Does Leibniz ever focus on “union”, anyway? It is not before 1713 that Leibniz gets rid of certain metaphysical concerns which, although secondary for him, were present to his mind since the time of his 1708 answer to Tournemine, who had bespoken a “real union” between the soul and the body (GP VI, 595-96). Nonetheless, this very text shows that for Leibniz unity and union don’t partake an equivalent metaphysical dignity. In a short text that might be dated to 1709, he writes down a very clean description of a quite innovative model of the “composite substance”, the same “substance composée” that will be quietly adopted in the PNG and the Monadology. Not much later Leibniz will write to Rémond about a kind of composition, unexpectedly labeled by Leibniz “metaphysical union”, that comes to pass, not in the form of some “unio substantialis superaddita”, or “union reelle”, but, we might say, as part of a general unio ad modum harmoniæ. But before of that Leibniz had developed a complex theory of the 'substantiatum', and two unpublished texts of his concerning this theory are presented and discussed.
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