Leibniz's Two Realms

Jonathan Bennett

in Leibniz

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195143744
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835317 | DOI:
Leibniz's Two Realms

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This essay explores Leibniz’s view that all the events which physics has to do can be explained in terms of efficient quasi-causes. It argues that Leibniz’s assertions on the importance of teleology does not withstand scrutiny. He fails to formulate the notion of a “teleological pattern of behavior” required to frame an informative thesis about the harmony between “teleological events in the mind the mechanistic ones in the body”. The “teleological load” in Leibniz’s philosophy is carried entirely by reason, to which Leibniz assigns both a cognitive and conative function.

Keywords: Leibniz; physics; teleology

Chapter.  11194 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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