Philosophy 202
Great Traditions of Western Thought
The Modern Period

Discussion Questions for Leibniz, #3 

Today's reading consists of letters that Damaris Cudworth, Lady Masham, wrote to Leibniz. Masham was a good friend of Locke, so that her letters represent a Lockean critique of Leibniz.

1. Masham is critical of Leibniz' idea of a preestablished harmony. What is the preestablished harmony and what is Masham's criticism of it?

2. Masham also objects to Leibniz' claims that there are unextended substances. Why? How might Leibniz respond? Who's right?

3. Masham objects to Leibniz' account of free will. What is her criticism? How would Locke stand on this issue?

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