The Bloomsbury Companion to Leibniz

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  • Copyright: 2014-11-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The Bloomsbury Companion to Leibniz presents a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the life, thought and work of one of the great polymaths of the modern world, G.W. Leibniz.

This guide enriches the reader's understanding of Leibniz by establishing the philosophies of, and Leibniz's reactions to, his most important philosophical contemporaries from Descartes to Malebranche. While addressing current philosophical research in Leibniz studies such as his metaphysics, logic and theory of free will, a leading team of experts in the field demonstrate that Leibniz's work was wider in scope. Examining new directions in this field they cover a number of Leibniz's concerns outside of philosophy including mathematics, physics, and the life sciences. The Companion concludes by offering analysis of Leibniz's legacy; his impact on further study, particularly on his successor Immanuel Kant, and how he has subsequently been understood.

Together with extended biographical sketches and an up-to-date and fully comprehensive bibliography, The Bloomsbury Companion to Leibniz is an extremely valuable study tool for students and scholars interested in Leibniz and the era in which he wrote.

Author Biography

Brandon C. Look is University Research Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, USA. His research focuses on the history of early modern philosophy, especially on the thought of Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant. He also works on issues in contemporary metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and the history and philosophy of science. He is the co-editor and -translator (with Donald Rutherford) of The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence (2007) and the author of Leibniz and the 'Vinculum Substantiale' (1999).

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Part I: Leibniz's Times and Philosophical Precursors
1. Introduction: Leibniz's Life and Works Brandon C. Look (University of Kentucky, USA)
2. Descartes and Leibniz Pauline Phemister (University of Edinburgh, UK)
3. Leibniz and Hobbes Philip Beeley (University of Oxford, UK)
4. Leibniz's Fascination with Spinoza Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University, USA)
5. Malebranche and Leibniz Sean Greenberg (University of California, USA)
Part II: Leibniz's Philosophy
6. Leibniz's Metaphysics: The Path to Monadology Brandon C. Look (University of Kentucky, USA)
7. Logical Theory in Leibniz Samuel Levey (Dartmouth College, USA)
8. Leibniz's Theory of Cognition Martha Bolton (Rutgers University, USA)
9. Leibniz's Theory of Modality Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
10. Leibniz's Theory of Causation Brandon C. Look (University of Kentucky, USA)
11. Leibniz's Philosophical Theology Martin Lin (Rutgers University, USA)
12. Leibniz on Free Will Jack Davidson (Texas Lutheran University, USA)
13. Leibniz's Moral Philosophy Gregory Brown (University of Houston, USA)
14. Leibniz's Contribution to Natural Philosophy François Duchesneau (University of Montréal, Canada)
15. Leibniz and the Life Sciences Justin E. H. Smith (Concordia University, Canada)
16. Leibnizian Mathematics Douglas M. Jesseph (University of South Florida, USA)
Part III: The Aftermath
17. Kant, The Leibnizians and Leibniz Anja Jauernig (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Index of Names

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