Would you like a landscape by Hitler hanging on your wall, even if it was great art? Or, can we define or devalue a work of art according to its history?
Gottfried Leibniz’s Proofs of God’s Existence
Does God really exist? Leibniz believed he could prove there was a God through a process of pure reason, but his was an a God of the intellect rather than a God found in the Old or New Testaments, and other thinkers had different ideas.
Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) and Free Will
A master of Metaphysics, Leibniz believed every part of your body has a soul, although your dominant soul is the boss. This allows you to have free will, just as God has free will.
Voltaire – Personal Liberty in the “Best of All Possible Worlds”
Voltaire upheld reason over ignorance, tolerance over bigotry and religious superstition, and caused mayhem and discord amongst his fellow philosophers and the Establishment.
Cultural Relativism: a Challenge for Ethical Philosophy
How can we agree when different nations and groups view the world from vastly different models? Human cultures vary in their models as much as a birds of prey are different from fleeing wildebeest.