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John Marenbon: Why Leibniz misunderstood Abelard

Wanneer:wo 23-01-2013 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:Room Omega, Faculty of Philosophy

Lecture by John Marenbon (Trinity College, Cambridge) organized by the Dept History of Philosophy

Leibniz is well known for having claimed that God must create the best of all possible universes and then having to struggle, perhaps unsuccessfully, to avoid determinism. Over 500 years before, Peter Abelard put forward a very similar position and also argued, possibly more successfully than Leibniz, that it was compatible with there being contingency in the universe. Leibniz knew...(continue)...