Leibniz and Foucher

  • Richard A. Watson
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idees / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 11)


Leibniz also considered the problems of Cartesian dualism. His New System was partially inspired by Foucher’s objections to Cartesianism, and can be seen as providing a way to avoid Cartesian difficulties. Hence, we shall now present an interpretation of Leibniz’s New System, with emphasis on his concern with first principles, certain knowledge, and the external world. This will be done in the context of Foucher’s criticisms of Leibniz. The chapter concludes with an examination of Leibniz’s system in its role of solving Cartesian problems.


External World Substantial Form Material Thing Philosophical Paper External Thing 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Watson
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  1. 1.Washington UniversityUSA

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