Ideas from 'Introduction to a Secret Encyclopaedia' by Gottfried Leibniz [1679], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Philosophical Writings' by Leibniz,Gottfried (ed/tr Parkinson,G.H.R.) [Dent 1973,0-460-11905-2]].

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1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 2. Analysis by Division
Analysing right down to primitive concepts seems beyond our powers
                        Full Idea: An analysis of concepts such that we can reach primitive concepts...does not seem to be within human power.
                        From: Gottfried Leibniz (Introduction to a Secret Encyclopaedia [1679], C513-14), quoted by Cover,J/O'Leary-Hawthorne,J - Substance and Individuation in Leibniz
                        A reaction: Leibniz is nevertheless fully committed, I think, to the existence of such primitives, and is in the grip of the rationalist dream that thoughts can become completely clear, and completely well-founded.
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 8. Subjective Truth
We hold a proposition true if we are ready to follow it, and can't see any objections
                        Full Idea: A proposition is held to be true by us when our mind is ready to follow it and no reason for doubting it can be found.
                        From: Gottfried Leibniz (Introduction to a Secret Encyclopaedia [1679], p.7)
                        A reaction: This follows on from Descartes' view, but it now sounds more like psychology than metaphysics. Clearly a false proposition could fit this desciption. Personally I follow propositions to which I can see no objection, without actually holding them true.