Philosophical Texts

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byG. W. Leibniz, R. S. Woolhouse, Richard Francks

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The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of authoritative teaching editions of canonical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world down to modern times. Each volume provides a clear, well laid out text together with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist,giving the student detailed critical guidance on the intellectual context of the work and the structure and philosophical importance of the main arguments. Endnotes are supplied which provide further commentary on the arguments and explain unfamiliar references and terminology, and a fullbibliography and index are also included. The series aims to build up a definitive corpus of key texts in the Western philosophical tradition, which will form a reliable and enduring resource for students and teachers alike. This volume contains Leibniz's most important texts, starting with the Discourse on Metaphysics (1686), which marks the beginning of maturity in Leibniz's ideas and ending with the Monadology (1714), written in response to requests for a systematic, organized account of his overall philosophy. Inbetween fall other key works including the New System of Nature (1695), the Specimen of Dynamics (1695), Nature Itself (1698), and the Principles of Nature and Grace (1714). Also included in the volume are critical reactions to the Discourse and the New System by Leibniz's contemporaries, AntoineArnauld, Pierre Bayle, and Simon Foucher, together with Leibniz's responses. All the texts are newly translated into English for this edition, and each is preceded by a summary explaining its background, structure, and content. Also containing a substantial introduction, notes, and bibliography, the volume offers a comprehensive introduction to Leibniz's philosophy.

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The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of authoritative teaching editions of canonical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world down to modern times. Each volume provides a clear, well laid out text together with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist,giving the student detailed critical guidance...

Richard Francks is at University of Leeds. R. S. Woolhouse is at University of York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198751532

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introductory MaterialHow to Use this BookAbbreviationsEditor's Introduction1. Introduction2. Substance and Matter3. Physics and Natural Science4. The Metaphysics of Causation5. The Union of Body and Mind6. Humans, Animals, and their Minds7. From God to the Best Possible World: Creation, Freedom, and the Community of Rational Minds8. Leibniz: Life and InfluenceThe Texts Printed in this EditionPart 2: The Texts1. Discourse on Metaphysics (1686)2. Correspondence with Arnauld (1686-1687)3. Reflections on the Advancement of True Metaphysics (1694)4. New System of the Nature of Substances and their Communication, and of the Union which Exists between the Body and the Soul (1695)5. Specimen Dynamicum: An Essay in Dynamics (1695)6. Reply of M. S.F. to M. de L.B.Z. on his System of the Communication between Substances (1695)7. Remarks on M. Foucher's Objections (1695)8. Explanation of the New System of the Communication between Substances (1696)9. Extract from a Letter Written by M. de Leibniz about his Philosophical Hypothesis (1696)10. Note H to Bayle's Dictionary Article `Rorarius' (1697)11. Leibniz's Comments on Note H to Bayle's Dictionary Article `Rorarius' (1705?)12. A Letter to the Editor, Containing an Explanation of the Difficulties which M. Bayle Found with the New System (1698)13. Nature Itself (1698)14. Note L to Bayle's Dictionary Article `Rorarius' (1702)15. Leibniz's Comments on Note L to Bayle's Dictionary Article `Rorarius' (1705?)16. Reply to the Comments in the Second Edition of M. Bayle's Critical Dictionary, in the Article 'Rorarius', concerning the System of Pre-established Harmony (1702; published 1716) published 1716) Harmony Contained in the Second Edition of the Critical Dictionary of M. Bayle (1702; published 1716)17. Draft Letters from Leibniz to Bayle (1702)18. Principles of Nature and Grace (1714)19. Monadology (1714)Part 3: Notes, Bibliography, and IndexNotesBibliography and Further ReadingIndex