Monadology and other philosophical essays

The principle of sufficient reason also accounts for why Leibniz uses the phrase "completing the whole demonstration" in the above quote. If the  complete concept of the subject (that is, all of its true predicates) together constitutes a complete network of explanation, then these explanations can be followed forward and backward, so to speak, at least in principle. That is, working forward, one could deduce that Caesar will cross the Rubicon from a all the predicates that have been true of him; or, working backward, one can deduce from all those predicates true of Caesar at his death the reasons why he won the battle of Pharsalus. The "whole demonstration," then, is the revelation of the logical structure of the network of explanations that make Caesar who he is.

Monadology and other philosophical essays

monadology and other philosophical essays

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