Sunday, March 29, 2009

Leibniz Essay

I just had an old essay of mine, "Leibniz on the Identity of Indiscernibles," put on an electronic file. This is a 1500 essay which looks at this doctrine and Kant's take on it. If you are interested, I'll send you a copy.


C.J. Metcalfe said...

Dr. Groothuis,

You may or may not remember me, but I met with you over lunch a few weeks ago at the seminary to discuss the school. Seeing this post reminds me that when I came back a couple weeks later to meet with Dr. Nunley we got to talking about Leibniz a bit, and I would love to read this essay.

I was lamenting with Dr. Nunley the fact that the Modern Philosophy class at CU-Denver is divided up into three sections: Descartes (with a little Hobbes), Spinoza (with a little Locke and even less Berkely), and Hume. No Leibniz. And in my Kant class, every time Leibniz gets mentioned it's only as Hume's "opposite" and the object of Kant's righteous indignation. The professor had little to say about Leibniz except that he allegedly believed we can only have knowledge about the world because, well, "God made us that way."

I'm almost certain he deserves better than that, and I get the feeling it is the expression of his faith that gets him so ignored in these classes, not his philosophy.

Anyways, thanks again for the work you do and for your blog, and please send me the essay at your convenience.


Brian said...

Yes, I am interested in a copy, please.

apologetics315 (at) gmail dot com.