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The “Continuous Creation” Theme in Leibniz’s Philosophy

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  • Prof. Ph.D. Marius DUMITRESCU

    (Prof. Ph.D. at the Departament of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, „A. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania)

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    If for the ancient Greeks, in the Pandora's box was left only hope, the Christians understand that God is good. For modern rationalism initiated by Descartes, the existential abyss and evil are open only by human through their intellect sufficiency, and by the passion that surpasses them. Evil is a personal matter, human, and the good a cosmic one. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz brings to stage a new principle, inspired, however, from the Cartesian idea of the free creation of eternal truths of God. This principle brings into focus the idea of God's freedom to choose, according to its perfection, always the best of all possible worlds. The end of theodicy essay is dedicated to just this idea, that is exceptional, and that, at all times, depending on our choices, God must intervene with the various corrections to maintain the best of all possible worlds. Thus, contrary to being deist theory, embraced by Newton, the philosopher from Hanover is committed to ongoing intervention theory of divinity in creation, in other words, the permanent creation. For Leibniz, God's duty, as a perfect being, is, first, to ensure that the world created by Him to be his own mirror.

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    Article provided by Editura Lumen, Department of Economics in its journal Conferinta Stiintifica Internationala Logos Universalitate Mentalitate Educatie Noutate - Lumen International Scientific Conference Logos Universality Mentality Education Novelty.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2011)
    Issue (Month): (February)
    Pages: 75

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