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Leibniz by Nicholas Jolley
Book DescriptionGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was hailed by Bertrand Russell as 'one of the supreme intellects of all time'. A towering figure in seventeenth-century philosophy, his complex thought has been championed and satirized in equal measure, most famously in Voltaire's Candide. In this outstanding introduction to his philosophy, Nicholas Jolley introduces and assesses the whole of Leibniz's philosophy. Beginning with an introduction to Leibniz's life and work, he carefully introduces the core elements of Leibniz's metaphysics: his theories of substance, identity and individuation; monads and space and time; and his important debate over the nature of space and time with Newton's champion, Samuel Clarke. He then introduces Leibniz's theories of mind, knowledge, and innate ideas, showing how Leibniz anticipated the distinction between conscious and unconscious states, before examining his theory of free will and the problem of evil. An important feature of the book is its introduction to Leibniz's moral and political philosophy, an overlooked aspect of his work. The final chapter assesses legacy and the impact of his philosophy on philosophy as a whole, particularly on the work of Immanuel Kant. Throughout, Nicholas Jolley places Leibniz in relation to some of the other great philosophers, such as Descartes, Spinoza and Locke, and discusses Leibniz's key works, such as the Monadology and Discourse on Metaphysics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415283380
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicholas Jolley
Locke's Touchy Subjects, Hardback (May 2015)
Nicholas Jolley shows that the mind-body problem and the nature of personal immortality are more central to Locke's philosophy than has been realized. He argues that Locke takes up unorthodox positions in both cases, and holds that Locke's criticisms of Descartes were controversial responses to challenging metaphysical and theological issues.
Causality and Mind, Hardback (November 2013)
This book presents seventeen of Nicholas Jolley's essays on early modern philosophy. They focus on two main themes: the debate over the nature of causality; and the issues posed by Descartes' innovations in the philosophy of mind. Together, they show that philosophers in the period are systematic critics of their contemporaries and predecessors.
Leibniz, Hardback (May 2005)
In this introduction to his philosophy, Jolley introduces and assesses the whole of Leibniz's philosophy. An important feature of the book is its introduction to Leibniz's moral and political philosophy, an overlooked aspect of his work.
Locke, Paperback (January 1999)» View all books by Nicholas Jolley
Provides an introduction to the philosophy of John Locke, one of the most influential thinkers in modern times. This book aims to show the fundamental unity of Locke's thought in his masterpiece, the "Essay Concerning Human Understanding", in which Locke advances a coherent theory of knowledge as a largely human construction.
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Author Biography - Nicholas Jolley
Nicholas Jolley teaches philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of Locke: His Philosophical Thought and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz.
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