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Leibniz on Spontaneity

Donald Rutherford

in Leibniz

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195143744
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143744.003.0009
Leibniz on Spontaneity

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This essay explores the conception of spontaneity or self-determination presupposed by Leibniz’s analysis of freedom. It argues that Leibniz’s writings support a narrower notion of agent spontaneity, which characterizes cases in which an individual can be understood as acting for the sake of the greatest apparent good. It is shown how this notion is defined within the framework of monadic spontaneity, and why Leibniz believes that monadic and agent forms of spontaneity are relevant to the understanding of freedom.

Keywords: Leibniz; monadic spontaneity; agent spontaneity; freedom

Chapter.  14957 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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