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Moral Necessity

Robert Merrihew Adams

in Leibniz

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195143744
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143744.003.0010
Moral Necessity

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This essay explores Leibniz’s philosophy on moral necessity. It argues that the distinctive feature of this modality is that the notion of value — good or perfection — plays an essential role in the determination and explanation of choice. As such, Leibnizian moral necessity is opposed to both metaphysical necessity and to “any value-free mechanism determining choice”.

Keywords: Leibniz; moral necessity; value; choice

Chapter.  6995 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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