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Title: Martin Lin (Rutgers)
Leibniz on the Grounds of Possibility
The actual world, according to Leibniz, is just one of many possible worlds
that God considers when deciding to create. He chooses this one because it
is the best and a perfectly wise and benevolent agent necessarily chooses
the best. But how can there be nonactual possible worlds if the actual
world is such that it is necessarily created by a necessary being?
Throughout his career Leibniz grappled with this question, resulting in a
rich and fascinating theory of modality. In this paper, I consider the
question of the grounds of possibility in Leibniz. In many texts, he says
that possibility is grounded in ideas in the divine mind. I argue, however,
that, for Leibniz, this is not the ultimate ground of possibility because
the source of the content of God's ideas lies in the divine attributes.
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When: Wed 28 Aug 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
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