The Divine Ethic of Creation in Leibniz

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  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
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"God creates the best of all possible worlds." With this bold dictum, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz summed up his theological views. Yet, why did God create this world, our world? The Divine Ethic of Creation in Leibniz uses this question as a touchstone for developing a comprehensive reconstruction of Leibniz's philosophical system. Whereas twentieth-century scholarship tended to focus on the logical foundations of Leibniz's thought, this book demonstrates how Leibniz's work on logic, mathematics, physics, metaphysics, and political theory was actually shaped by ethical and theological considerations.

Author Biography

Andrew Carlson received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University. He currently works in the nonprofit field

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Willp. 23
Descartesp. 27
Spinozap. 41
Leibniz's First Theodicyp. 61
Intellectp. 107
Logical Atomismp. 113
Mathematicsp. 167
Dynamicsp. 235
Substance and Relationp. 283
Powerp. 353
Inorganic Naturep. 359
Organic Naturep. 427
Human Reasonp. 499
Creationp. 581
Indexp. 651
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