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"I flatter myself that I have learned something by following in the tracks of Plato and others, and have reached, in one way at least, the serene temples erected by the teachings of the wise. These temples are built on a foundation of general truths which do not depend on facts and yet, as I see it, form the key to the knowledge which passes judgment on facts...I have always striven to uncover the truth that lies buried under and dispersed among the various philosophical schools, and to bring it into harmony with itself."… (more)
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Title:Philosophical Essays
Authors:Gottfried Wilhelm; Ariew Leibniz, Roger (translator); Garber, Daniel (translato (Author)
Info:Hackett Publishing Company (2010)
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Discourse on Metaphysics by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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A good snapshot of the trend toward constructing tighter logic; however, heavily set toward proofs of God and his truths without a strong premise. More than anything, Leibniz shows a strong understanding of a wide subject matter, including philosophy, history, science, mathematics, and religion. He is a more practical philosopher than some of his contemporaries and gives a fair treatment of free will. He downplays Descartes in two places, once regarding the physics of velocity vs. momentum, and again in the matter of "efficient causes." In the latter, he argues that Descartes method was weaker because he never would have discovered the truth without Snell having done so first. ( )
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METAPHYSICS -- I. Concerning the divine perfection and that God does everything in the most desirable way. -- The conception of God which is the most common and the most full of meaning is expressed well enough in the words: God is an absolutely perfect being. The implications, however, of these words fail to receive sufficient consideration. For instance, there are many different kinds of perfection, all of which God possesses, and each one of them pertains to him in the highest degree.
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"I flatter myself that I have learned something by following in the tracks of Plato and others, and have reached, in one way at least, the serene temples erected by the teachings of the wise. These temples are built on a foundation of general truths which do not depend on facts and yet, as I see it, form the key to the knowledge which passes judgment on facts...I have always striven to uncover the truth that lies buried under and dispersed among the various philosophical schools, and to bring it into harmony with itself."

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This text discusses the metaphysical ideas of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, including answers to oft asked questions and letters concerning Leibniz's ideas, some written by Leibniz himself. Contents: discourse on metaphysics; correspondence between Leibniz and Arnauld; Monadology. Includes photograph of the Leibniz Monument.
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