Principles of Nature and Grace f 2. And the mere act of dating pieces often depends upon careful analysis of the paper Leibniz wrote on and watermarks and so on. Hence, for example, the important short work, Primary Truths, which, because of its content, was often thought to date to as in AGhas recently been redated by the Akademie editors to because of a watermark.
It is one of the few texts presenting in a consistent form the earlier philosophy of Leibniz.
The Discourse is closely connected to the epistolary discussion which he carried with Antoine Arnauld. The metaphysical considerations proceed from God to the substantial world and back to the spiritual realm.
The starting point for the work is the conception of God as an absolutely perfect being Ithat God is good but goodness exists independently of God a rejection of divine command theory IIand that God has created the world in an ordered and perfect fashion III—VII.
At the time of its writing Discourse made the controversial claim That the opinions of Early work in modern philosophy during the 17th century were based on a rejection of many of the precepts of medieval philosophy.
Leibniz saw the failures of scholasticism merely as one of rigor. Leibniz claimed that God's omnipotence was in no way impugned by the thought of evil, but was rather solidified.
He endorsed the view that God chose the best of all possible worlds. Leibniz's conception of physical substance is expanded upon in The Monadology.
See also Notes Sleigh R. The first edition in by Pertz was from a copy but later the original manuscript was found and Henri Lestrienne published it in ; now it is printed in the Akademie Ausgabe, Reihe VI, Vierter Band, S. Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology trans. Prometheus Books, first published by Open Court, Nov 15, · Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays by Freiherr Von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide/5(K).
In order to explain Leibniz's modal metaphysics—the metaphysics of necessity, In §8 of the Discourse on Metaphysics, Leibniz presents his classic picture, Leibniz: Critical and Interpretive Essays, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Ishiguro, Hidé, This edition contains Leibniz's 'Discourse on Metaphysics', 'On the Ultimate Origination of Things', the Preface to his 'New Essays', and the 'Monadology'.
All of these texts are essential to any serious study of Leibniz's thought/5(8). Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays (Hackett Classics) - Kindle edition by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Daniel Garber. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays (Hackett Classics).5/5(7). Discourse on Metaphysics G. W. Leibniz Sections 1–13 1.
The most widely accepted and sharpest notion of God that we have can be expressed like this. Feb 01, · Discourse on Metaphysics topic.
The Discourse on Metaphysics (French: Discours de métaphysique, ) is a short treatise by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in which he develops a philosophy concerning physical substance, motion and resistance of bodies, and God's role within the universe.