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It is one of the few texts presenting in a consistent form the earlier philosophy of Leibniz.
The Discourse is closely connected to the epistolary discussion which he carried with Antoine Arnauld. The metaphysical considerations proceed from God to the substantial world and back to the spiritual realm. The starting point for the work is the conception of God as an absolutely perfect being Ithat God is good but goodness exists independently of God a rejection of divine command theory IIand that God has created the world in an ordered and perfect fashion III—VII.
At the time of its writing Discourse made the controversial claim That the opinions of Early work in modern philosophy during the 17th century were based on a rejection of many of the precepts of medieval philosophy. Leibniz saw the failures of scholasticism merely as one of rigor.
Leibniz claimed that God's omnipotence was in no way impugned by the thought of evil, but was rather solidified. He endorsed the view that God chose the best of all possible worlds. Leibniz's conception of physical substance is expanded upon in The Monadology.
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The first edition in by Pertz was from a copy but later the original manuscript was found and Henri Lestrienne published it in ; now it is printed in the Akademie Ausgabe, Reihe VI, Vierter Band, S. Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology trans. Prometheus Books, first published by Open Court, Gottfried LEIBNIZ () A.
English editions of Leibniz's works Discourse on Metaphysics, Correspondence with Arnauld, and Monadology ed., tr., G.R. Montgomery (Chicago: Open Court, ). Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays contains complete translations of the two essays that constitute the best introductions to Leibniz’s complex thought: “Discourse on Metaphysics” of and “Monadology” of These are supplemented with two essays of special interest to the student of modern philosophy, “On the Ultimate Origination of Things” of and the Preface.
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Discourse on Metaphysics G. W. Leibniz and perfection, are brought about by God’s will.
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