Sunday, December 11, 2011

Leibniz on the Universe and its Author

“…if we could sufficiently understand the order of the universe, we should find that it exceeds all the desires of the wisest men, and that it is impossible to make it better than it is, not only as a whole and in general but also for ourselves in particular, if we are attached, as we ought to be, to the Author of all, not only as to the architect and efficient cause of our being, but as to our master and to the final cause, which ought to be the whole aim of our will, and which can alone make our happiness.”

– Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, The Monadology, 1714 (more here)


3 Comments

  1. Mike S. December 13, 2011

    Embarrassing confession: I wanted talk about Leibniz in a class I'm teaching but I have no Idea how to pronounce that last name. Could someone please post a phonics version of the pronunciation.

  2. Brian Auten December 13, 2011

    "Libe Nitz"

  3. Ex N1hilo December 13, 2011

    Get a haircut dude. Tom Brady did.