Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction by Maria Rosa AntognazzaLeibniz: A Very Short Introduction by Maria Rosa Antognazza

Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

byMaria Rosa Antognazza

Paperback | September 15, 2016

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was a man of extraordinary intellectual creativity who lived an exceptionally rich and varied intellectual life in troubled times. More than anything else, he was a man who wanted to improve the life of his fellow human beings through the advancement ofall the sciences and the establishment of a stable and just political order. In this Very Short Introduction Maria Rosa Antognazza outlines the central features of Leibniz's philosophy in the context of his overarching intellectual vision and aspirations. Against the backdrop of Leibniz's encompassing scientific ambitions, she introduces the fundamental principles ofLeibniz's thought, as well as his theory of truth and theory of knowledge. Exploring Leibniz's contributions to logic, mathematics, physics, and metaphysics, she considers how his theories sat alongside his concerns with politics, diplomacy, and a broad range of practical reforms: juridical,economic, administrative, technological, medical, and ecclesiastical. Discussing Leinbniz's theories of possible worlds, she concludes by looking at what is ultimately real in this actual world that we experience, the good and evil there is in it, and Leibniz's response to the problem of evilthrough his theodicy. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Maria Rosa Antognazza is Professor of Philosophy at Kings College London. She has held research and visiting fellowships in Italy, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, and the USA, including a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-2000) and a two-year research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust (2003-5). She is the author of Leibn...
Title:Leibniz: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Who was Leibniz?2. Characteristica universalis, logical calculus, and mathematics3. Encyclopaedia, Scientia Generalis, and the Academies of Sciences4. Possible worlds, the principle of non-contradiction, and the principle of sufficient reason5. Complete-concept theory, theory of truth, and theory of knowledge6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz's theodicy7. What is ultimately real - unity and activity8. Monads9. Monads, corporeal substances, and bodiesConclusionReferencesFurther ReadingIndex