With regard to Christian Wolff's invention of a new science of final causes that he called "teleology" this article examines the relationship between teleology and the science of perfection. On the one hand, it shows how an epistolary debate between Leibniz and Wolff in 1715 sheds light on the inherent teleological nature of the Leibnizian notions of perfection and harmony. On the other hand, it analyzes how Wolff eventually inverted priority relations between structure and function as a consequence of his doctrinal revision of the modal status of essences - a revision that was provoked by Leibniz.

Sciences Without a Name: Teleology, Perfection, and Harmony in the Leibniz-Wolff Debate

Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero
2018

Abstract

With regard to Christian Wolff's invention of a new science of final causes that he called "teleology" this article examines the relationship between teleology and the science of perfection. On the one hand, it shows how an epistolary debate between Leibniz and Wolff in 1715 sheds light on the inherent teleological nature of the Leibnizian notions of perfection and harmony. On the other hand, it analyzes how Wolff eventually inverted priority relations between structure and function as a consequence of his doctrinal revision of the modal status of essences - a revision that was provoked by Leibniz.
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