Leibniz - A Freedom Libertarian

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Leibniz's views about human freedom are much debated today. While traditionalists hold that Leibniz was a compatibilist about freedom, some commentators are now suggesting that Leibniz can be read as an incompatibilist. This exciting new reading is often based on Leibniz's Necessary and Contingent Truths (NCT). Here, Beck argues that NCT supports not only an understanding of Leibniz as a freedom incompatibilist, but more radically, as embracing a particularly intriguing kind of libertarianism. On this Leibnizian brand of libertarianism, a human action may be both free and unavoidable (in the sense that the agent could not have acted otherwise).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
JournalStudia Leibnitiana
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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