Leibniz, Spinoza, and Tschirnhaus

Mark A. Kulstad

in Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195128154
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786008 | DOI:
 Leibniz, Spinoza, and Tschirnhaus

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This essay explores the philosophical relationship of Spinoza and Leibniz. It argues that the relationship is best viewed as three-cornered metaphysical transaction beginning with Spinoza, continuing to Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus’s exchanges with Spinoza, and leading to reflections by Leibniz on a Spinoza mediated by these exchanges. It focuses on two topics that exemplify this three-cornered relationship: (1) the relationship between God and things, and the derivation of things from God; and (2) the critical Leibnizian topic of possible worlds.

Keywords: Spinoza; Leibniz; Tschirnhaus; philosophical relationship; God; things; possible worlds

Chapter.  11889 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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