Abstract

In this paper, I investigate Leibniz's conception of final causation. I focus especially on the role that Leibnizian final causes play in intentional action, and I argue that for Leibniz, final causes are a species of efficient causation. It is the intentional nature of final causation that distinguishes it from mechanical efficient causation. I conclude by highlighting some of the implications of Leibniz's conception of final causation for his views on human freedom, and on the unconscious activity of substances.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4586
Print ISSN
0022-5053
Pages
pp. 217-233
Launched on MUSE
2006-04-25
Open Access
No
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