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71. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 13
Web Resources on Leibniz
72. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 13
Jack D. Davidson Leibniz on the Labyrinth of Freedom: Two Early Texts
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Leibniz devoted immense energy and thought to questions concerning moral responsibility and human freedom. This paper examines Leibniz’s views on freedom and sin in two important early texts - “Von der Allmacht Allmacht und Allwissenheit Gottes und der Freiheit des Menschen” and “Confessio Philosophi” - as a propaedeutic to a detailed examination of the development of Leibniz’s views on freedom and sin. In particular, my aim is to see if Leibniz’s early thinking on freedom and sin in these early writings was among those metaphysical topics about which he changed his mind. My focus is on human, not divine, freedom, and the young Leibniz’s metaphysical psychology, rather than his early efforts in theodicy. I conclude that Leibniz’s views on freedom and sin are in place as early as 1672/3, and remain relatively stable thereafter.
73. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 13
Concha Roldán News from the Spanish Leibniz Society
74. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 13
Patrick Riley Notice of G.W. Leibniz, Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, Reihe IV (Politische Schriften), Band 5, Akademie Verlag, Berlin, forthcoming February 2004.
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Andreas Blank Definitions, Sorites Arguments, and Leibniz’s Méditation sur la notion commune de la justice
76. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 14
News from the Spanish Leibniz Society
77. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 14
Catherine Wilson Report on the 2004 Montreal Nouveaux Essais Conference
78. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 14
Michael J. Murray Pre-Leibnizian Moral Necessity
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The mature Leibniz frequently uses the phrase “moral necessity” in the context of discussing free choice. In this essay I provide a seventeenth century geneology of the phrase. I show that the doctrine of moral necessity was developed by scholastic philosophers who sought to retain a robust notion of freedom while purging bruteness from their systems. Two sorts of bruteness were special targets. The first is metaphysical bruteness, according to which contingent events or states of affairs occur without a sufficient explanation. The second is semantic bruteness according to which a proposition can be true without a truth maker. Denying eithersort of bruteness was thought by some to raise problems for freedom. Defenders of moral necessity thought the notion solved these problems without having to invoke bruteness.
79. The Leibniz Review: Volume > 14
Massimo Mugnai Substance and Individuation in Leibniz
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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz On Estimating the Uncertain