Leibniz, God and Necessity

Leibniz, God and Necessity

by Michael V. Griffin

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Leibniz, God and Necessity by Michael V. Griffin

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107538894
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/09/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

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

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