Dissertation on Predestination and Grace

Dissertation on Predestination and Grace

G. W. Leibniz
Translated, Edited, and with an Introduction by Michael J. Murray
Additional Contributions by George Wright
Copyright Date: 2011
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 226
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    Dissertation on Predestination and Grace
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    In this book G. W. Leibniz presents not only his reflections on predestination and election but also a more detailed account of the problem of evil than is found in any of his other works apart from theTheodicy. Surprisingly, hisDissertation on Predestination and Gracehas never before been published in any form. Michael J. Murray's project of translating, editing, and providing commentary for the volume will therefore attract great interest among scholars and students of Leibniz's philosophy and theology. Leibniz addresses such topics as free will, moral responsibility, divine causation, justice, punishment, divine foreknowledge, and human freedom, revealing crucial aspects of the genesis of his mature metaphysics and the theological motivations behind it.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-15571-6
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. A Note on the Texts and Translations
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  6. Introduction
    (pp. xv-lii)

    During the summer of 1700, Leibniz spent time as a guest of his friend Sophie Charlotte, electress of Brandenburg and soon to be queen of Prussia. While there he resided in quarters provided for him by the electress at her palace (Lützenburg, later Charlottenburg). While he relished the time spent with the electress, the social demands presented by palace life were taking a further toll on Leibniz’s already poor physical condition. By late August of that year Leibniz decided, after a brief stop in Wolfenbüttel, to take leave in order to travel to the spa at the Bohemian city of...

  7. Dissertation on Predestination and Grace

    • Article XVII of and Burnet’s Commentary on The Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England
      (pp. 3-37)

      Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the World were laid) he hath constantly decreed by his Counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation, those whom he hath chosen in Christ unto everlasting Salvation as vessels made to honor. Wherefore they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, be called according to God’s purpose, by his Spirit working in due season. They through grace obey the calling, they be justified freely, they be made Sons of God by Adoption, they be made like the Image of this...

    • Leibniz’s Commentary on Burnet
      (pp. 38-152)

      Antiquissima in genere humano controversia de Libertate et Fato magnam apud Christianos de Gratia et Praedestinatione accessionem accepit. Res male intellecta etiam vitae praxin turbavit, quasi fatalia aut praedestinata absolutae certitudinis essent, ut eventura constaret, quicquid facias aut omittas. Unde aut torpor ignavus, aut effrenis licentia futurum expectantis cuius nihil penes nos esset; quod ineptum est, eventa enim a suis causis certudinem accipiunt, quarum pars magna nos ipsi sumus. Quaestiones Chistianorum circa hoc argumentum olim fere innocuae fuere, sed decimo sexto demum Christianitatis seculo inter Protestantes acrius erupere: et licet non fecerint schisma, tamen nunc quoque potissimum alunt. Equidem fatendum...

  8. Notes
    (pp. 153-166)
  9. Suggestions for Further Reading
    (pp. 167-168)
  10. Index of Names
    (pp. 169-170)
  11. Index of Subjects
    (pp. 171-172)
  12. Back Matter
    (pp. 173-173)