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Epistemology - Online Seminar Series

Agora Foundation Online Seminar Series - Epistemology

What can we say we know with certainty? What does it mean to say that we know something? How does knowledge differ from belief? Can an exploration of basic philosophical questions, such as How do we know what we know? and What are the limits of our understanding? inform our thinking not just on intellectual issues, but on broader cultural challenges as well?


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (July 1646 - November 1716) was a German polymath active as a mathematician, philosopher, scientist and diplomat. He is a prominent figure in both the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. He wrote works on philosophy, theology, ethics, politics, law, history and philology. Leibniz is noted for his optimism, i.e. his conclusion that our world is, in a qualified sense, the best possible world that God could have created. Over four monthly online seminars, the series will cover:

I. "On the Ultimate Origination of Things" and "Preface to the New Essays" 

II. Excerpts from the Letters to Clarke and "On Nature Itself"

III. Discourse on Metaphysics 

IV. Excerpts from the Letters to de Volder and The Monadology


Join us as we discuss these foundational works from Leibniz. This series continues a broader series on epistemology. All are welcome. Please join us even if this will be your first seminar in the series. 

Next Event in the series:

Sunday, October 8, 2023 - 12:00-2:00PM PDT


October 8 Reading: 

Excerpts from the Letters to Clarke (pp. 320-332) and On Nature Itself (pp. 155-167) by Leibniz

Leibniz: Philosophical Essays

Hackett Publishing Company (March 1989)
ISBN 978-0872200623


Carol Seferi

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