The internal relatedness of all things

Jonathan Schaffer*

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    The argument from internal relatedness was one of the major nineteenth century neo-Hegelian arguments for monism. This argument has been misunderstood, and may even be sound. The argument, as I reconstruct it, proceeds in two stages: first, it is argued that all things are internally related in ways that render them interdependent; second, the substantial unity of the whole universe is inferred from the interdependence of all of its parts. The guiding idea behind the argument is that failure of free recombination is the modal signature of an integrated monistic cosmos.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-376
    Number of pages36
    Issue number474
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


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