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[mass noun] The principle (associated particularly with G.W. Leibniz) that all events must ultimately be explicable in terms of the reasons a divine being would have had for choosing one alternative rather than another.
- ‘A subsidiary argument invokes an idea of sufficient reason to rule out cosmogony: if what is had a beginning in time, there must have been some reason for that beginning.’
- ‘Schopenhauer interprets the last premise as the principle of sufficient reason, which he claims to be the root of all a priori knowledge.’
- ‘I see no plausibility in the claim that the principle of sufficient reason is known a priori to be true.’
- ‘Ultimately, the causal version of the principle of sufficient reason cannot yield the conclusion Clarke wanted.’
- ‘The final form of the principle of sufficient reason has application to only a single object for each subject.’
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