From the Metaphysical Union of Mind and Body to the Real Union of Monads: Leibniz on Supposita and Vincula Substantialia*


  • Brandon Look

    1. University of Kentucky
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      Brandon Look received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is author of Leibniz and the ‘Vinculum Substantiate’ (a Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft, forthcoming) and is editing and translating, with Donald Rutherford, the correspondence of Leibniz and Des Bosses for the Yale Leibniz Series.

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    The following abbreviations will be used in this paper: A = Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, ed. Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin (Darmstadt, 1923 ff., Leibzig, 1938 ff., Berlin, 1950 ff.), followed by series, volume and page number; AG = G. W. Leibniz: Philosophical Essays, ed. and trans. Roger Ariew and Daniel Garber (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1989); GP = Die philosophischen Schriften von G. W. Leibniz, ed. C. I. Gerhardt (Berlin, 1875–90; reprint. Hildesheim: Olms, 1965), followed by volume and page number; L = Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Philosophical Papers and Letters, ed. and trans. Leroy E. Loemker (Dordrect: Reidel, 1969, 2nd edition); M = Mémoires pour l'histoire des Sciences et des beaux Arts, May and June 1703; RB = New Essays on Human Understanding, trans. Peter Remnant and Jonathan Bennett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981). When there is no reference to AG, L, or RB the translation is my own.