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Published: 22 September 2016

160 Pages | 7 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198718642

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Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Very Short Introductions

  • Introduces the German polymath and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and discusses his philosophy, and how his intellectual visions were shaped by his own experiences in life
  • Discusses Leibniz's great master project, the systematic reform and advancement of all the sciences, to be undertaken as a collaborative enterprise supported by an enlightened ruler, with the goal of the improvement of the human condition and the celebration thereby of the glory of God in His creation
  • Uncovers what it was, for Leibniz, to be a substance, and how this conception informed his doctrine of simple substances (or monads), and his theory of corporeal substances and bodies
  • Examines Leibniz's philosophy as the product of a multi-layered conversation with centuries of past thought and hundreds of individuals of his own era, whose insights were reshaped and remodelled into a strikingly original outlook
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide