more from Christian Wolff

Single Idea 18241

[catalogued under 2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 2. Sufficient Reason]

Full Idea

Wolff believed that the principle of sufficient reason could be derived from the principle of contradiction, for there would be a contradiction in the insufficiently determined existence of a merely possible thing.

Gist of Idea

Sufficient reason is implied by contradiction, of an insufficient possible which exists


report of Christian Wolff (works [1730]) by Christine M. Korsgaard - Intro to Ethics, Politics, Religion in Kant 'A child'

Book Reference

Korsgaard,Christine M.: 'Creating the Kingdom of Ends' [CUP 1996], p.5

A Reaction

Sounds as if he might be begging to question. You would only protest against the insufficient determination of something if you already believed in the principle of sufficient reason. Nice try.