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?