Leihnix on eternal punishmentsubstance.
large number of other works, some of which will not beunfamiliar, have hitherto prevented me from completing this project.Perhaps
shall soon find a few hours in which to put the accumu-lated stock of ideas and testimonies in order and present them to thepublic.The identity of the learned man who furnished the most acute argu-ments to date for the negative view is indicated by Mosheim himself in theappended title of the work in question, namelyErnst Soner's Demonstra-tio Theologica et Philosophica, quod aeterna inzpiorum supplicia, non arguantDei ustitiam, sed injustitiam.V-Ie adds:The illustrious Leibniz planned to publish this little work, which isvery rare.
a copy which already has the preface whichhe intended to print along with it.
shall have occasion to say moreabout this in another context, and at the same time to ackilowledgethe kindness of the person to whom
am indebted for this and otherrelated materials.Unfortunately, Mosheim never found the opportunity he promised tohis readers, and which he doubtless hoped would arise in that Latin trea-tise in which he intended to review the history of the contentious doctrine.Rut just as that work was never completed, so also did Leibniz's afore-mentioned preface to Soner's Demonstration remain hidden and almostentirely forgotten. For since
when Ludovici, in his History
eminded Mosheim of his promise,
am not aware that it has been mentioned by anyone other than thosedry bibliographers (for example Vogt,
ho referto it in connection with Soner's work on account of the latter's rarity.Not even Brucker mentions it, although he had an excellent opportunity
hat the EternalPunishments ofthe Godless IndicatenotJustice, hut Injustice on the Part of God].
Ernst Soner or Sonner
Professor ofMedicineat Altdorf, held Socinian views.
Lessins's reference is to Karl Giinther Ludovici,
Ausfiihrlicher Entmuufeiner vollstandigen Histo-rie der leihnizischen Philosojhie [Circumstantial Draft of a Com#rehensive History of the Leihnizianph~l0~0jh'JJ]
Catalogus historzco-criticus lzhrorum rariorum [Historico-Critical Catalogue of RareBooks]