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Leibniz: Nature and Freedom

Donald Rutherford and J. A. Cover

Abstract

This book presents 12 essays that illustrate the current state of scholarship on Leibniz’s metaphysics. Essays 1 and 2 tackle the different aspects of one of the main topics of Leibniz’s metaphysics — the relation of unity and multiplicity. Essays 3 and 4 focus on the ontological status of body in Leibniz’s middle period. Essays 5 and 6 challenge the features of Leibniz’s hypothesis of preestablished harmony. Essay 7 surveys Leibniz’s claims on behalf of teleological concepts in the explanation of nature and harmony. Essay 8 explores the conception of spontaneity or self-determination. Essays ... More

Keywords: Leibniz, metaphysics, unity, multiplicity, harmony, nature, spontaneity, moral necessity, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195143744.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Rutherford, editor
University of California, San Diego
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J. A. Cover, editor
Purdue University
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