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Leibniz on the Allegiance due to a de facto Power

AuthorsPeña, Lorenzo ; Ausín, Txetxu
Poderes establecidos
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm
Filosofía política
Supuestos de hecho
Títulos leaglmente válidos
Mundos posibles
Deber de obediencia
Guerra de sucesión española
Gobernante de facto
Established powers
Political philosophy
Matters of fact
Rightful entitlements
Possible worlds
Duty of obedience
Spanish succession war
De facto ruler
Issue Date1994
CitationLeibniz und Europa. VI. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongreß. Vorträge 1. Teil, pp. 169-176
AbstractOught particular citizens to pledge allegiance to established powers regardless of their legitimacy? We focus on Leibniz's letter to Thomas Burnett of Kemeny. Leibniz is aware of a painful clash between two ideas dear to him in political philosophy. One is that the law cannot be overridden by matters of fact, or that a rightful entitlement has to be clung to at whatever cost, even if the struggle is bound to be unsuccessful. However, recognizing that what happens is what is implied by the notion of the best possible world God has chosen, we must reconcile ourselves to the real course of events. An obdurate resistance would mean noncompliance with the order God has chosen as the best one.
Such antithetical tendencies draw Leibniz in opposite directions as regards the duty of obedience or allegiance towards sovereigns. Leibniz devoted a long series of pamphlets to advocating Archduke Charles's candidature to the Spanish throne during the Spanish succession war (1701-1714). That series of papers make up a particularly telling case of his general views on the allegiance due to the de facto ruler.
Description8 pages.-- Delivered to the VI Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress "Leibniz und Europa" (Hannover, 18-23-July-1994).
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