Wednesday, April 02, 2008

a fun moment for a philosophy teacher

So I was presenting Leibniz's argument that we live in the best of all possible worlds to my evening intro class, and I really dug in--gave it the best presentation I could. Suddenly, I believed it. No really. For any change you might think to make in the universe, there is good reason to believe either (1) it actually wouldn't be better or (2) it actually isn't logically possible. Certain facts about human abilities guarantee that this will always be possible. Facts about the need for some optimism in order to act, and about the virtue found in being grateful, and in the limits of our capacity to imagine other worlds and... and...

No wait, I lost it. But for a moment there, I was Leibniz.

1 comment:

Innisfree said...

I was almost there with you!