Locke and Leibniz and the Debate Over Species

Susanna Goodin

in New Essays on the Rationalists

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165418
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868285 | DOI:
Locke and Leibniz and the Debate Over Species

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“Locke and Leibniz and the Debate over Species” An examination of Leibniz's reaction to Locke's theory of essences and species, exploring both his responses in the New Essays and his deeper views on species as developed in his other, more esoteric works. The central thesis is that the responses Leibniz offers in the New Essays are inadequate as a refutation of Locke. Not only does Leibniz misunderstand Locke's theory of nominal and real essences but in arguing against Lockealso relies on his more considered views, requiring metaphysical assumptions that, if accepted, do not even allow Locke's original concerns about species and essences to arise.

Keywords: Susanna GoodinLeibniz; Locke; New Essays; nominal essence; real essence; species

Chapter.  7288 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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