Leibniz, God, and necessity

Leibniz states that 'metaphysics is natural theology', and this is especially true of his metaphysics of modality. In this book, Michael V. Griffin examines the deep connection between the two and the philosophical consequences which follow from it. Grounding many of Leibniz's modal c...

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Subtitles:Leibniz, God & Necessity
Main Author: Griffin, Michael V. (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2013.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm 1646-1716 / Ontological proof of God's existence / Ens necessarium
Further subjects:B Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm
B Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von 1646-1716
B God Proof, Ontological
B God
B Necessity (Philosophy)
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Print version: 9780521117081
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Summary:Leibniz states that 'metaphysics is natural theology', and this is especially true of his metaphysics of modality. In this book, Michael V. Griffin examines the deep connection between the two and the philosophical consequences which follow from it. Grounding many of Leibniz's modal conceptions in his theology, Griffin develops a new interpretation of the ontological argument in Leibniz and Descartes. This interpretation demonstrates that their understanding God's necessary existence cannot be construed in contemporary modal logical terms. He goes on to develop a necessitarian interpretation of Leibniz, arguing that Leibniz, like Spinoza, is committed to the thesis that everything actual is metaphysically necessary, but that Leibniz rejects Spinoza's denial of God's moral perfection. His book will appeal to scholars of early modern philosophy and philosophers interested in modal metaphysics and the philosophy of religion.
Introduction -- 1. Descartes's arguments for God's existence -- 2. The ontological argument, the principle of sufficient reason and Leibniz's doctrine of striving possibles -- 3. Necessitarianism in Spinoza and Leibniz -- 4. Leibniz on compossibility and possible worlds -- 5. Molina on divine foreknowledge -- 6. Leibniz on middle knowledge -- 7. Leibniz on God's knowledge of counterfactuals
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ISBN:1139022288
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139022286