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Sämtliche schriften und briefe series VI volume 4
Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften (ed)
p 1355



Date: 1677?

Translated from the Latin



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LEIBNIZ: ON INDIFFERENCE OF EQUILIBRIUM


[A VI 4, p1355]

     If God were to say "I wish this balance currently in equilibrium should incline to some side, yet I wish there to be no reason why it should incline to one rather than the other," God would command things that mutually oppose each other, because it cannot be that anything happens without a cause through which it is possible to understand why it happens rather than not. And such is the fiction of those who introduce an indifference of equilibrium into the will, as though God would have wanted two things at the same time: a will that is perfectly indifferent to each option and yet also self-determining.


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