Gottfried Leibniz was a remarkable thinker who made fundamental contributions not only to philosophy, but also to the development of modern mathematics and science. At the centre of Leibniz's philosophy stands his metaphysics, an ambitious attempt to discover the nature of reality through the use of unaided reason. This volume provides a systematic and comprehensive account of the full range of Leibniz's thought, exploring the metaphysics in detail and showing its subtle and complex relationship to his views on logic, language, physics, and theology. Other chapters examine the intellectual context of his thought and its reception in the eighteenth century. New readers and nonspecialists will find this the most accessible and comprehensive guide to Leibniz currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Leibniz.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Nicholas Jolley
2. G. W. Leibniz, life and works Roger Ariew
3. The seventeenth-century intellectual
background Stuart Brown
4. Metaphysics: the early period to the
Discourse on Metaphysics Christia Mercer and R.
C. Sleigh Jr
5. Metaphysics: the late period Donald
6. The theory of knowledge Robert McRae
7. Philosophy and logic G. H. R. Parkinson
8. Philosophy and Language in Leibniz Donald
9. Leibniz: physics and philosophy Daniel Garber
10. Leibniz's ontological and cosmological
arguments David Blumenfeld
11. Perfection and happiness in the best
possible world David Blumenfeld
12. Leibniz's moral philosophy Gregory Brown
13. The reception of Leibniz in the eighteenth
century Catherine Wilson.