Religious Studies

Leibniz de Deo Trino: philosophical aspects of Leibniz's conception of the Trinity

a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


This paper discusses Leibniz's Trinitarian doctrine in the light of his philosophy, as revealed by a set of virtually unstudied texts. The first part of the paper examines Leibniz's defence of the Trinity against the charge of contradiction as a necessary precondition to the development of his own conception of the Trinity. The second part discusses some of the key features of Leibniz's Trinitarian doctrine, notably his conception of person, the analogy between the human mind and the Trinity, and the problem of Trinitarian relations.