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The Discourse on Metaphysics is a short treatise by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in which he develops a philosophy concerning physical substance, motion and resistance of bodies, and God's role within the universe. It is one of the few works presenting in a consistent form the earlier philosophy of Leibniz.

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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Mainly good reading; excellent work of philosophy

The reader is very clear but he makes several important mistakes, saying at one point “inadequate” instead of “adequate” (sec 24), thereby conveying the opposite of Leibniz’s point, and at other points (in sec 34) saying “immorality” instead of “immortality”, distorting the meaning of the text. The text is an important attempt by a modern philosopher to recover the teleological worldview of the ancients and the scholastics against the mechanistic currents of his time. Along the way he offers many insightful suggestions about how God’s providence and foreknowledge can be reconciled with human freedom.