As a rationalist, Leibniz was unhappy with saying that something simply “happened”, as if something else could easily happen instead. He felt there must be a reason why every situation was necessary. Wildcats a son’s first hero a daughter’s first love. Why is it raining more in Seattle than in Albuquerque? Because the conditions A, B and C make it impossible to happen otherwise. Under conditions A, B and C, there cannot be any other circumstances.
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