Leibniz in 90 Minutes

Leibniz in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern
     
 

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Leibniz was the first of the great German philosophers to produce an all-embracing philosophical system. He came to the remarkable conclusion that space and time do not exist -- they are mere superstitious assumptions. Only things exist, and only God is able to see things as they really are, from a perspectiveless viewpoint. Yet the infinite number of substances that…  See more details below

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Leibniz was the first of the great German philosophers to produce an all-embracing philosophical system. He came to the remarkable conclusion that space and time do not exist -- they are mere superstitious assumptions. Only things exist, and only God is able to see things as they really are, from a perspectiveless viewpoint. Yet the infinite number of substances that make up the world are not material; they are metaphysical and thus not subject to the laws of cause and effect. Their apparent interaction is the result of a "pre-established" harmony that is part of God's creation.

In Leibniz in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Leibniz's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Leibniz's writings; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Leibniz within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
A godsend in this era of the short attention span.
— Daryl Royster Alexander
Wall Street Journal
Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.
— Jim Holt
Boston Globe
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.
— Katherine A. Powers
The New York Times
A godsend in this era of the short attention span.
— Daryl Royster Alexander
The Wall Street Journal
Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.
— Jim Holt
The Boston Globe
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.
— Katherine A. Powers
The New York Times - Richard Bernstein
Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them...I find them hard to stop reading.
The Wall Street Journal - Jim Holt
Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.
The Boston Globe - Katherine A. Powers
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.
The New York Times - Daryl Royster Alexander
A godsend in this era of the short attention span.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566633314
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,376,798
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.

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