Nihil Est Sine Ratione


Nihil Est Sine Ratione: A Defense of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (Chapter 1) – Leibniz once said that without the principle of sufficient reason, very little in philosophy and science could be demonstrated. In a similar vein, the contemporary Thomistic philosopher, Norris Clarke, has called the principle of sufficient reason the dynamic principle of metaphysics, since it is in virtue of this very principle that enables the mind to pass from one being to another in order to make sense out of it: “All advance in thought to infer the existence of some new being from what we already know depends upon this principle.