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Spontaneity and Freedom in Leibniz

Michael J. Murray

in Leibniz

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195143744
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143744.003.0011
Spontaneity and Freedom in Leibniz

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This essay argues that Leibniz’s conception of moral necessity is based on accounts of the notion developed by late-16th century Spanish Jesuits — that moral necessity entails the denial of psychological determinism or the view that volitions are “causally necessitated by psychological antecedents”. An assertion of moral necessity presupposes the denial that an act of choice is either physically or causally determined by antecedent conditions, although such conditions may nonetheless be sufficient for choice. It presents evidence of anti-compatibilist sympathies in Leibniz’s thoughts.

Keywords: Leibniz; spontaneity; freedom; anti-compatibilist

Chapter.  12294 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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