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Donald Rutherford and J. A. Cover

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195143744.001.0001

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Leibniz's Two Realms

Leibniz's Two Realms

(p.135) Leibniz's Two Realms

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

This essay explores Leibniz’s view that all the events which physics has to do can be explained in terms of efficient quasi-causes. It argues that Leibniz’s assertions on the importance of teleology does not withstand scrutiny. He fails to formulate the notion of a “teleological pattern of behavior” required to frame an informative thesis about the harmony between “teleological events in the mind the mechanistic ones in the body”. The “teleological load” in Leibniz’s philosophy is carried entirely by reason, to which Leibniz assigns both a cognitive and conative function.

Keywords:   Leibniz, physics, teleology

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