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Theodicy, metaphysics, and metaphilosophy in Leibniz

Abstract: In this paper I offer a discussion of chapter 3 of Adrian Moore’s The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics, which is titled “Leibniz: Metaphysics in the Service of Theodicy.” Here Moore discusses the philosophy of Leibniz and comes to a damning conclusion. My main aim is to suggest that such a conclusion might be a little premature. I begin by outlining Moore’s discussion of Leibniz and then raise some problems for the objections that Moore presents. I follow this by raising a Moore-inspired problem of my own and offer a possible response. The response is based on a little-known essay of Leibniz’s called “Leibniz’s Philosophical Dream” and leads me to consider Leibniz’s deepest motivations for engaging in philosophical reflection.

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Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center

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Journal: Philosophical Topicssee more from them

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Volume: 43

Issue: 1-2

Extent: 27-52

Issue Date: 2015


Urn: uuid:d970910b-7cf9-40c2-b9d5-c67e107f9f88

Issn: 0276-2080

Eissn: 2154-154X

Source identifier: 615027

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Type: Journal article;

Version: Accepted Manuscript Tiny URL: pubs:615027


Author: Lodge, PA - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty - - - - Bibliographic Details Publisher: Philosophy D



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