The A to Z of Leibniz's Philosophy

The A to Z of Leibniz's Philosophy

by Stuart Brown, N. J. Fox
     
 

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was one of the first Modern philosophers, and as such, one of the most significant. His contributions were often path-breaking and his imprint still remains on fields such as logic, mathematics, science, international law, and ethics. While publishing relatively little during his life, he was in regular correspondence with

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was one of the first Modern philosophers, and as such, one of the most significant. His contributions were often path-breaking and his imprint still remains on fields such as logic, mathematics, science, international law, and ethics. While publishing relatively little during his life, he was in regular correspondence with important philosophers and even political leaders. The A to Z of Leibniz's Philosophy sheds light not only on his philosophical thought but also the impact it had on the thinking of his contemporaries. They, and he, are described in numerous cross-referenced dictionary entries. Also included are other entries that present his writings, explain his concepts, and trace his action in specific fields. The introduction sums much of this up and—along with the bibliography—provides a strong foundation for further study.

Editorial Reviews

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As the series editor states, it would take an encyclopedia to do justice to the 17th century philosopher who was considered to be a walking encyclopedia on physics, math, and other subjects as well. In this paperback edition of the 2006 publication titled Historical Dictionary of Leibniz's Philosophy, presented as the first such dictionary, Brown (emeritus, Open U., UK) and Fox (freelance writer/researcher) includes entries spanning his concepts - with the original language terms in brackets - of 'absolute necessity' to 'worlds, possible' and related ideas of other modern philosophers. The dictionary includes a chronology, list of his major philosophical writings, extensive categorized bibliography, and facsimile of the first page of his 'Monadology.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810875951
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Series:
A to Z Guide Series , #168
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Brown began teaching philosophy in 1963, and taught at St. Andrews and other universities, most recently retiring from the Open University, where he is presently an emeritus professor. He has written extensively on Leibniz, including several books and translations. N.J. Fox was his last post-graduate student and is presently a free-lance writer and researcher.

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