Philosophical Writings – Leibniz (1934)


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Philosophical Writings – Leibniz (1934)


Title: Philosophical Writings
Author: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Mary Morris (trans)
Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1934. 1st J. M. Dent edition.
Condition: Hardcover. Overall fair. Sunning to spine and cover and tanning to top edge. Front free endpaper torn out (see pictures), and inscription on endpaper. Binding tight, text clean.

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Translator’s Preface

The Monadology

Principles of Nature and of Grace, Founded on Reason

On the Ultimate Origination of Things

Letter to Foucher

Correspondence with Arnauld

Letter to Bayle

Exposition and Defence of the New System

New Essays on the Human Understanding

Correspondence with Clarke

Index of Proper Names

Philosophical Index

About Leibniz (from Wikipedia):

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz ( July 1, 1646 – November 14, 1716) was a German polymath and philosopher.

He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz developed calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz’s notation has been widely used ever since it was published. It was only in the 20th century that his Law of Continuity and Transcendental Law of Homogeneity found mathematical implementation (by means of non-standard analysis). He became one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators.

In philosophy, Leibniz is most noted for his optimism, i.e., his conclusion that our Universe is, in a restricted sense, the best possible one that God could have created, an idea that was often lampooned by others such as Voltaire. Leibniz, along with René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, was one of the three great 17th century advocates of rationalism. The work of Leibniz anticipated modern logic and analytic philosophy, but his philosophy also looks back to the scholastic tradition, in which conclusions are produced by applying reason of first principles or prior definitions rather than to empirical evidence.

Leibniz made major contributions to physics and technology, and anticipated notions that surfaced much later in philosophy, probability theory, biology, medicine, geology, psychology, linguistics, and computer science. He wrote works on philosophy, politics, law, ethics, theology, history, and philology. Leibniz’s contributions to this vast array of subjects were scattered in various learned journals, in tens of thousands of letters, and in unpublished manuscripts. He wrote in several languages, but primarily in Latin, French, and German. There is no complete gathering of the writings of Leibniz.