Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 11, Issue 1, 2014

Adrian Nita
Pages 127-140

Leibniz on Spontaneity as a Basic Value

Leibniz sustains three arguments for spontaneity: the argument from the complete notion, the argument from substantial forms and the argument from monadic spontaneity. In order to see the nature of spontaneity and whether the spontaneity is an inferior value with respect to freedom, as it appears in the Theodicy, in the first part of the paper I will present spontaneity in connection with the theory of complete notion; in the second part, spontaneity and substantial forms; in the third part, spontaneity of monads; then I will finish with a more general view about spontaneity and freedom.