Leibniz, Bayle, and Locke on Faith and Reason

  title={Leibniz, Bayle, and Locke on Faith and Reason},
  author={Paul Lodge and Benjamin D. Crowe},
This paper illuminates Leibniz’s conception of faith and its relationship to reason. Given Leibniz’s commitment to natural religion, we might expect his view of faith to be deflationary. We show, however, that Leibniz’s conception of faith involves a significant nonrational element. We approach the issue by considering the way in which Leibniz positions himself between the views of two of his contemporaries, Bayle and Locke. Unlike Bayle, but like Locke, Leibniz argues that reason and faith are… CONTINUE READING


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