As Leibniz saw, each thing has to have within it its compossibility
with everything else.
In their article "Thought experiments and indirect proofs in Averroes, Aquinas, and Buridan" Simo Knuuttila and Taneli Kukkonen note the significance of the development of theories of "synchronic alternatives and the centrality of compossibility
and co-assertability, [which] was especially conducive to the devising of all kinds of thought experiments in natural philosophy", but emphasize that another model for conceptualizing thought experiments also existed in the Aristotelian tradition and deserves attention.
There is a technical article on the scholastic background of Leibniz's notion of compossibility
(Fabrizio Montadori), an interesting comparison between Ockham's mental language and Locke's "way of ideas" (Claude Panaccio), and a discussion of the debates on free will and divine foreknowledge (Chris Schabel).
Thus, with regard to the conceptualization of the city as a place in Dos Passos's work, the compossibility
and actual co-appearance of the Sartrean approach underscoring the constitutive significance of the characters' movement toward the city on the one hand, and the Levinasian approach emphasizing the city's intrusion into the characters' lives on the other is intrinsically paradoxical--and this paradox does not appear to be reducible.
In this respect, memory affirms the compossibility
of the real and the unreal.
clearly avoids this pitfall: "[W]e can explain the compossibility
of God and evil (even the evils of entrenched horrors) if we can offer a (logically possible) scenario in which God is good to each created person, by ensuring each a life that is a great good to him/her on the whole, and by defeating his/her participation in horrors within the context, not merely of the world as a whole, but of that individual's life" (55).
THE RULE OF LAW: COMPOSSIBILITY
AND THE PARSIMONY OF LIBERTARIANISM
The final type of impossible fictions is that of characters inhabiting more than one fictional world: in other words, the problem of the compossibility
, a true philosophical creation, can't be understood simply as empirical collection.
Nachtomy's response to Wilson involves an account of what compossibility
amounts to for Leibniz.
Logical possibility must not be confused with other physical and metaphysical considerations about the compossibility
Griffin's explication of the different views concerning compossibility
is also exceptional, if not ultimately meaningless on a necessitarian interpretation of Leibniz.