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Leibniz: A Contribution to the Archaeology of Power$
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Stephen Connelly

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474418065

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418065.001.0001

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Power and Obligation in the Elementa Iuris Naturalis: The State Space

Power and Obligation in the Elementa Iuris Naturalis: The State Space

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(p.261) Eight Power and Obligation in the Elementa Iuris Naturalis: The State Space
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Leibniz: A Contribution to the Archaeology of Power
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Stephen Connelly

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418065.003.0009

In the Elementa Iuris Naturalis Leibniz changes tack and attempts a deontic theory of right and obligation. Drawing together our results from earlier chapters, this theory is examined in light of Leibniz’s views on power, and this chapter argues that in the place of power Leibniz posits the notion of a ‘state space’ which determines the obligations of the world of rational animals.

Keywords:   GW Leibniz, Space, Obligations, Natural law, Deontic modality, Francis Turrettin, Theodicy

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