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Does Mitosis division break the Leibniz law of Identity?

They differ in that they are in different position, just as the two copied files differ by being in different locations. Position is a property and therefore they are not identical. In fact, the ...
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Why did Gödel believe that there was a conspiracy to suppress Leibniz's works?

The OP information probably comes from Wikipedia's article on Characteristica Universalis "The logician Kurt Gödel, on the other hand, believed that the characteristica universalis was feasible, ...
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Was there a "mechanist" program of early rationalists, like Descartes and Leibniz?

Mechanist (or mechanical) philosophy, in the original sense, meant the rejection of "substantial forms", i.e. forms with causal powers, such as souls, postulated by scholastics (who drew on some vague ...
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Does Mitosis division break the Leibniz law of Identity?

Perhaps the biggest achievement of reason is the capability to model the universe as if it would be static. But the universe is not static. Every atom in the universe changes at any instant. The ...
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Did Leibniz dismiss reincarnation?

He did dismiss it, at least for the purposes of ethics. Oddly enough, it is not aimed at ancient or Oriental metempsychosis, but comes in passing in a polemic against... Descartes and his substance ...
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What makes Leibniz's definition of perfection unintelligible?

Leibniz defined perfection as "a simple, positive quality in the highest degree". A few lines down the paragraph of the OP quote Malcolm explains a key part of his objection by referencing ...
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Leibniz monads/connection to the physical universe/atom

The person who most likely first uttered the statement, [An] object is an aggregate of many, but finitely many Leibniz monads is John Dalton who proposed the theory of atom in 1805 (cf., Leibniz: ...
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Why does it matter if we live in "the best of all possible worlds"?

I believe in good and evil but reject the argument, so will address this part as requested: how is it possible to criticize above argument and deny that we live in the best possible world? The ...
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Does Mitosis division break the Leibniz law of Identity?

The mitosis example is a bit of a distraction because of the messy realities of DNA copying, positions relative to other objects, etc. What you are trying to get to is the symmetric universe paradox. ...
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Leibniz -- Why Must Substance be Indivisible/unified?

At the time of Leibniz, substance didn't mean what we typically think of it today; it meant that which underlies everything else (sub•stance): In contemporary, everyday language, the word “...
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Is there evidence to suggest Evolutionary Psychology is essentially Leibnitizian Optimisim?

Evolutionary psychology does not assume that evolution has produced or will produce the best of all possible worlds. Evolution has simply produced the world we have. If random variation has been at ...
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Fault in Leibniz's counter argument to Absolute Space

In what sense: distinct points are "different" points of the Absolute Space ? The argument used by Leibniz to “confute the fancy” of those who take space to exist independently of spatially ...
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How are the relation between monads formed?

Leibniz's theory of monads is complex and quite obscure : Leibniz's [...] celebrated theory of monads, in which the only beings that will count as genuine substances and hence be considered real ...
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Question about Leibniz' view on monads and causality

@Conifold, what do you mean by not being able to act "arbitrarily"? Arbitrariness is a fuzzy concept for me, but in this context it sounds like freedom. But Leibniz's harmony is not supposed to ...
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wouldn't Psychophysical Parallelism require an explanation as to why the mind and body correlate?

This would (from the point of view of people who defend the parallelism approach, at least) be sort of like asking how "mass times velocity" and "momentum" stay perfectly coordinated if there is no ...
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Can the principle of sufficient reason be applied to the whole of existence?

"Why a universe with these laws instead of another?" Because function follows form: The connection between a thing’s form and its function emerges in Physics ii 3, where Aristotle ...
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Leibniz -- Why Must Substance be Indivisible/unified?

See Leibniz's Logical Conception of Substance : In §8 of the Discourse on Metaphysics, Leibniz gives one of his most important accounts of the nature of individual substance. [...] in every true ...
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Can the principle of sufficient reason be applied to the whole of existence?

First, it’s worth noting (and this is at least implicit in @MauroALLEGRANZA’s comment, that for Leibniz the PSR is something like an axiom. More precisely, our ability to understand “the universe” ...
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Leibniz's Relational Philosophy and Boundaries?

Boundary conditions just mean plucking out a specific situation from very general math, like the +c in the solution to a quadratic equation, or initial conditions for a Lagrangian/Hamiltonian that ...
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References to "Nos" in "Philosophical Papers and Letters" by Leibniz, edited by Loemker

It seems that they are the internal references to the chapters that organize Leibniz's material.
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References to "Nos" in "Philosophical Papers and Letters" by Leibniz, edited by Loemker

The numbering is given within the contents on the left and each section is numbered accordingly: Definitely, the reader should have been explicitly informed about this arrangement. Make sure that you ...
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Successfully mapping qualia to the physical?

Human consciousness generates broad patterns of recognition inherent in scientific descriptions. Systems in physics and engineering are described by specifying geometry and properties of materials. A ...
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Leibniz is famous for claiming that this is the best of all possible worlds. Did he explain how it is that we keep making it better via technology?

In Theodicy, Leibniz sets forth a universal argument. Appropriate to his Zeitgeist, the argument centres around the justification of God, however, it might well be read with a non-theological ...
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Does the Principle of Sufficient Reason imply everything is necessary?

Does the Principle of Sufficient Reason imply everything is necessary? Yes, and for precisely the argument that you offered. Propositions that are contingent are true in this world. From that ...
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Leibniz's Relational Philosophy and Boundaries?

You appear to regard a boundary of spacetime (assuming spacetime is bounded) as if it were like a fence around a field. If that were the case, then yes you could treat the fence as providing an ...
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Leibniz's monads and Mandelbrot's fractals

We discussed fractal cosmologies here: What would a fractal universe tell us about Time? I'd say there is a serious risk of saying something like 'these are two complicated things so they are the same'...
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Does Mitosis division break the Leibniz law of Identity?

This is an excellent point. When a cell A is not dividing, we want to say that A stays the same cell even as it moves and changes over time. When A does divide into two parts, we have no way to ...
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Can the principle of sufficient reason be applied to the whole of existence?

My comments are: In the original question "Why is there something rather than nothing?", I don't think there would be possibilities or possible universes. Possibilities are in the mind, and there ...
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