Griselda GAIADA

Philosophy, National University of La Plata, Argentina

Fellowship : October 2017 to June 2018

Discipline(s) : Philosophy

Pays : Argentina

Research project: Leibniz and the “Philosophical Problem of War”

This research will focus on two principal lines of war philosophy, i.e. Just War Theory and Source-War Theory. Contrary to the theory that war sets the law (war-source), its goal is to re-engage the modern Just War Theory, particularly some conceptual tools which arise from Leibniz’s thought, with some contemporary issues concerning war. Within this framework, three types of war will be considered: war between nation states, humanitarian intervention and terrorism. The power of Leibniz’s thought is particularly useful: firstly, his distinction between three degrees of natural law (especially strict law and fairness) makes it possible to find criteria in order to justify or condemn some wars; secondly, his reflection on deontic modalities may substantially contribute to defining a formal schema in order to classify the conflicts: justifiable, justified, unjustified and non-compulsory wars.


Griselda Gaiada is Doctor in Philosophy from the National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina. She works as Ayudante Diplomado Ordinario of Epistemology in the Faculty of Psychology of the UNLP. She is associated researcher in the Centre d’Histoire des Systèmes de Pensée Moderne (Paris 1 University) and in the Philosophy Research Centre in Buenos Aires. Her research areas cover metaphysical, epistemological, juridical and moral subjects of modern and contemporary philosophy, with a particular focus on Leibniz’s thought. In addition to several articles, reviews and translations, she has recently published the book Deo volente. El estatus de la voluntad divina en la Teodicea de Leibniz (Comares, 2015). In July 2016, her PhD thesis received the “VGH-Preis für hervorragende Leibniz-dissertationen”, organised by the Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft.

Major publications

GAIADA, M. Griselda, Deo volente. El estatus de la voluntad divina en la Teodicea de Leibniz, Granada, Comares, 2015, 208 p.

GAIADA, M. Griselda, « Le ‘problème philosophique de la guerre’ à partir de Leibniz. Le droit strict et l’équité face aux guerres contemporains », Revue des Sciences Religieuses (Strasbourg), vol. 91, n° 1 (2016), p. 75-99. Esquisabel,

OSACAR M. & GAIADA, M. Griselda, “Le libre arbitre et ‘le paradoxe des facultés’. Suárez, Hobbes et Leibniz selon le jugement de Cudworth”, Studia Leibnitiana, 47 (2015/2), pp. 1-26.

GAIADA, M. Griselda, “Sobre el tablero de la libertad: la partida entre la contingencia y la determinación. Leibniz y Lady Conway contra Molina y Suárez », Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía (CIF), vol. 41 (2015), pp. 103-119.

GAIADA, M. Griselda, “Limitation ontologique et faute morale: le rapport d’expression entre l’entendement et la volonté chez Leibniz”, Corpus, Revue de Philosophie, n° 68 (2015), pp. 237-266.