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- DescriptionIn the 'Preliminary Dissertation' of his Theodicy, Leibniz declares himself an apologist for the compatibilist doctrines of original sin, election and reprobation propounded by the theologians of the Augsburg Confession. According to those theologians, man's actions are determined but man retains the power to act otherwise and therefore is responsible for his actions. Savage argues that Leibniz, in formulating his apology, availed himself of both his doctrine of possible worlds and his finite-infinite analysis distinction (the latter being applied within the former). Savage challenges the dogma that Leibniz's metaphysical principles entail that individuals are powerless to act otherwise and that God cant conceive of them acting otherwise. He argues that interpreters deduce the dogma from those principles with the aid of dubious extra-textual premises, for example, that a Leibnizian individual has only one complete concept or cant be persons other than the person it actually is.
- Author(s)Reginald Osburn Savage
- PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
- Date of Publication01/04/1998
- Series TitlePhilosophical Studies S.
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 74
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKluwer Academic Publishers
- Content Notebiography
- Weight482 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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