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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter focuses on Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s philosophical reflections on happiness and justice. It begins with a discussion of the two central concepts of Leibniz’s moral theory: disinterested love and love (or charity) of the wise. It then looks at Leibniz’s efforts to ground the happiness of man in virtue and the good of others, as well as his views about the good that moves us to act. Leibniz argues that it is our perfection that constitutes our happiness, and that we can—and morally ought to—desire the good of others for its own sake. This chapter also analyzes Leibniz’s views on the motivations underlying just action, together with pleasure and perfection of the mind in relation to love and happiness.

Keywords: Leibniz, happiness, justice, love, virtue, good, perfection, motivation, just action, pleasure

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