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Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suárez: Theory of Distinctions and Principle of Individuation

Roger Ariew

in The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583645
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738456 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.003.0003
Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suárez: Theory of Distinctions and Principle of Individuation

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This essay explores the reception and used of Suárez’s philosophy by two canonical early modern philosophers, René Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz. It is argued that Descartes’ theory of distinctions does not betray any indications of being Suárezian, despite many claims to the contrary. Leibniz, however, was a very different reader of Suárez’s works, it is argued, and his thinking about individuation was clearly influenced by Suárez even if he did not adopt the Suárezian position in the end

Keywords: Francisco Suárez; René Descartes; Gottfried Leibniz; early modern philosophy; Theory of Distinctions; individuation

Chapter.  9483 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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