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Leibniz on the Trinity and the IncarnationReason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century$
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Maria Rosa Antognazza

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100747

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100747.001.0001

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The Inquiry into the Mind

The Inquiry into the Mind

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Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Yale University Press

In a letter sent to Duke Johann Friedrich of Hanover on May 21, 1671, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz expressed his intention to compose the Elements of Mind (Elementa de Mente). Elementa de Mente contains the first principles of various sciences such as ethics, jurisprudence, and natural theology, and aims to defend the mysteries of revealed theology against accusations that they were contradictory. More specifically, the purpose of Elementa de Mente was to defend the mysteries, such as the Trinity and the Incarnation. The doctrine regarding the mind developed during Leibniz's early period was reconstructed on the basis of some fragmentary writings, including a short text, probably composed between 1669 and 1670, which solves the problem of the relation between mind and body in terms of a hypostatic union.

Keywords:   mind and body, Johann Friedrich, Elements of Mind, theology, Trinity, Incarnation, hypostatic union

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