Leibniz and the Possibility of God's Existence

Religious Studies 32 (1):37 - 48 (1996)
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Toward the end of 1676 Leibniz met Spinoza a number of times. In one of those meetings Leibniz presented a proof of the possibility of God's existence. In his proof Leibniz presupposed that a proposition is necessarily true only if its truth is either demonstrable or self-evident and that the divine perfections are simple and affirmative qualities. I contend that Leibniz's presuppositions undermine, rather than establish, the necessary existence of 'a God of the kind in whom the pious believe'. My assessment is based upon a consideration of Leibniz's argument in the context of other early papers, works written before the "Discourse on Metaphysics" in 1686.
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