Leibniz: Nature and Freedom

Paperback | November 23, 2005

EditorDonald Rutherford, J. A. Cover

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The revival of Leibniz studies in the past twenty-five years has cast important new light on both the context and content of Leibniz's philosophical thought. Where earlier English-language scholarship understood Leibniz's philosophy as issuing from his preoccupations with logic and language,recent work has recommended an account on which theological, ethical, and metaphysical themes figure centrally in Leibniz's thought throughout his career. The significance of these themes to the development of Leibniz's philosophy is the subject of increasing attention by philosophers andhistorians. This collection of new essays by a distinguished group of scholars offers an up-to-date overview of the current state of Leibniz research. In focusing on nature and freedom, the volume revisits two key topics in Leibniz's thought, on which he engaged both contemporary and historical arguments.Important contributions to Leibniz scholarship in their own right, these articles collectively provide readers a framework in which to better situate Leibniz's distinctive philosophy of nature and the congenial home for a morally significant freedom that he took it to provide.

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The revival of Leibniz studies in the past twenty-five years has cast important new light on both the context and content of Leibniz's philosophical thought. Where earlier English-language scholarship understood Leibniz's philosophy as issuing from his preoccupations with logic and language,recent work has recommended an account on whi...

Donald Rutherford is Professor of Philosophy at University of California, San Diego. J. A. Cover is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:November 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"...an excellent volume of original essays on the philosophy of Leibniz. Donald Rutherford and J.A. Cover have succeeded in bringing together a strong collection of essays from leading Leibniz scholars.... The essays provide an overview of the current state of Leibniz's research, and advanceour understanding of his philosophical system on a number of fronts."--Notre Dame Philosophical Review