Leibniz, God and Necessity

Leibniz, God and Necessity

by Michael V. Griffin
     
 

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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

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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.

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"… provides an interesting and thought-provoking revision to the ontological argument, understood not as a logical demonstration but as a search for the (not strictly logical) reasons grounding God’s existence … admirably clear and concise and should be accessible to advanced students and scholars of any field."
Larry M. Jorgensen, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139853361
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
456 KB

Meet the Author

Michael V. Griffin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Central European University.

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