Discussion Questions for Leibniz, #2
Make sure that you read the entire Monadology
over again, paying close attention to how Leibniz argues for
the claims that he makes. Note any passages that do not make
sense to you. You should read this quite slowly, for it is difficult
1. How is the soul of human beings distinguished from that
of other entities?
2. What are the "two great principles" that Leibniz
3. What is the role of the principle of sufficient reason
in Leibniz' philosophy?
4. How does Leibniz proves that God exists? (Note that there
is both an apriori and an aposteriori proof. What's the difference
between these types of proofs?)
5. What is Leibniz' solution to the mind-body problem?
6. What does Leibniz mean by "the pre-established harmony"?
What role does it play in his philosophy?
7. What is the city of God? What is its relationship to the
8. Is this the best of all possible worlds? How do you know?