Gottfried Leibniz's Principle of Sufficient Reason


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The Principle of Sufficient Reason asserts that

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1. Which of these men is linked to the cosmological argument for God?

2. Which of these has a self-contained explanation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gottfried Leibniz was an influential 17th Century philosopher who, among numerous other things, composed what he termed the principle of sufficient reason. This online quiz will assess you on the basics of the argument and Leibniz's views. Some things you'll be tested on include cosmological arguments and self-contained explanations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The principle of sufficient reason
  • The cosmological argument for God
  • Self-contained explanations

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can accurately recall information from the lesson pertaining to Gottfried Leibniz and his principle of sufficient reason
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of what the principle of sufficient reason was meant to explain, and how it relates to larger philosophical questions
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained in the lesson to answer questions on Leibniz's philosophical views

Additional Learning

To learn more about the philosophy of Gottfried Leibniz, review the corresponding lesson called Gottfried Leibniz's Principle of Sufficient Reason. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Examples of the principle of sufficient reason
  • Self-contained vs. external explanations
  • How the cosmological argument relates to the Big Bang
  • Critiques of the cosmological argument