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Description - Leibniz by Nicholas Jolley

Gottfried 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, he was the author of a complex

system of thought that has been championed and satirized in

equal measure, most famously in Voltaire's Candide.

In this outstanding introduction to his philosophy, Nicholas Jolley examines

and assesses the whole of Leibniz's philosophy. Beginning with

an account of Leibniz's life and work, he carefully explains the core elements

of Leibniz's metaphysics: his theories of substance, identity and

individuation; his doctrine of monads; 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 doctrine of

free will and his solution to the problem of evil. An important feature

of the book is its survey of Leibniz's moral and political philosophy,

an overlooked aspect of his work.

The final chapter assesses Leibniz's legacy and the impact of his philosophy

on philosophy as a whole, particularly on the work of Immanuel

Kant. Throughout, Jolley places Leibniz in relation to some of the other

great philosophers, such as Descartes, Spinoza, and Locke, and discusses


key works, such as the Monadology and Discourse on Metaphysics.

This second edition has been revised throughout and includes a

new chapter on Leibniz and philosophy of language.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138391345
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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