The Leibniz Review 15:163-168 (2005)

Yitzhak Melamed
Johns Hopkins University
Elephants need no less than twenty-two months. But what are elephants in comparison with reason, whose incubation took more than twenty-three centuries, beginning with the dawn of western philosophy in the sixth century BCE and ending in Leibniz’s formulation of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. Carraud’s fascinating book tells the story of the very last stages of this Heideggerian plot, which is also the story of the rise and fall of the efficient cause in early modern philosophy and of the rehabilitation of the final cause. The chronological frame of the book is roughly the century between Suarez’s Disputationes metaphysicae and Leibniz’s De rerum originatione radicali and Les 24 thèses métaphysiques.
Keywords Principle of Sufficient Reason  Suarez  Descartes  Spinoza  Leibniz  Heidegger  Causation  Reason
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DOI 10.5840/leibniz20051512
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