Leibniz on spontaneity: A sketch of formal and final causation

Abstract
According to a standard picture of Leibniz’s mature views on creaturely causation, Leibniz held what some interpreters have described as his ‘thesis of spontaneity’: “every non-initial, nonmiraculous state of every created substance has as a real cause some preceding state of that very substance.”2 Evidence for this thesis is abundantly available throughout Leibniz’s mature work and here are some prominent instances.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 34,373
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Leibniz's Theory of Universal Expression Explicated.Ari Maunu - 2008 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (2):247-267.
Leibniz: A Collection of Critical Essays.Harry G. Frankfurt - 1972 - University of Notre Dame Press.
Leibniz.Harry G. Frankfurt - 1972 - Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books.
Leibniz's Two Realms.Jonathan Bennett - 2005 - In Donald Rutherford & J. A. Cover (eds.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press. pp. 135--155.
Leibniz on Final Causes.Laurence Carlin - 2006 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2):217-233.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
44 ( #139,823 of 2,266,851 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
0

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature