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Metaphysics and the GoodThemes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams$
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Samuel Newlands and Larry M. Jorgensen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542680.001.0001

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Leibniz on Final Causation

Leibniz on Final Causation

(p.272) 7 Leibniz on Final Causation
Metaphysics and the Good

Marleen Rozemond

Oxford University Press

On a number of occasions Leibniz claims that the physical world is the realm of efficient causation, and that monads are the realm of final causation. Recent scholars have asked what Leibniz has in mind when endorsing final causation, especially in light of the general rejection of final causation by other early moderns. This chapter illuminates his notion of final causation in the context of his use of the notion of substantial form, and what that notion means in his thought.

Keywords:   Leibniz, physical world, final causation, monads, substantial form

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