Leibniz's "On the Ultimate Origination of Things" is one of his best-known short essays; it has been translated and anthologized many times. (link) Here Leibniz develops one classical version of the cosmological argument for God's reality, and reflects at length on the implications of divine existence for human happiness and discovery.
"Many substances have already attained great perfection. However, because of the infinite divisibility of the continuum, there are always parts asleep in the abyss of things, yet to be roused and yet to be advanced...Thus, progress never comes to an end."
We will read through the essay live, broken up by free conversation on the questions it opens—a format borrowed from the Wittgenstein and Heidegger workshops.
OMNIBUS EX NIHILO DUCENDIS SUFFICIT UNUM.