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The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez$
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Benjamin Hill and Henrik Lagerlund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.001.0001

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Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suárez: Theory of Distinctions and Principle of Individuation

Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suárez: Theory of Distinctions and Principle of Individuation

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(p.38) 2 Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suárez: Theory of Distinctions and Principle of Individuation
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The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez
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Roger Ariew

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.003.0003

This essay explores the reception and used of Suárez’s philosophy by two canonical early modern philosophers, René Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz. It is argued that Descartes’ theory of distinctions does not betray any indications of being Suárezian, despite many claims to the contrary. Leibniz, however, was a very different reader of Suárez’s works, it is argued, and his thinking about individuation was clearly influenced by Suárez even if he did not adopt the Suárezian position in the end

Keywords:   Francisco Suárez, René Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz, early modern philosophy, Theory of Distinctions, individuation

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