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Leibniz: Determinist, Theist, Idealist

Robert Merrihew Adams


Explores the contributions of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) to three areas of metaphysics. Part One (Chs. 1–3) is concerned with his determinism, chronicling his efforts to retain a place in his system for contingency, and arguing that his famous denial of alternative possibilities (or transworld identity) for individuals is not dictated solely by his logic, but is largely motivated by metaphysical considerations. Part Two (Chs. 4 –8) studies Leibniz's attempts to provide theistic answers to fundamental questions in ontology, and argues that these substantively metaphysical considerati ... More

Keywords: contingency, determinism, history of philosophy, idealism, Leibniz, metaphysics, monads, ontological argument, possible worlds, simple substances, theism, transworld identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195126495
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195126491.001.0001


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Robert Merrihew Adams, author
Yale University
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