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Author Biography

Franklin Perkins is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, Chicago, USA

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. viii
Reading Leibnizp. 1
Context of Leibniz's philosophyp. 1
Difficulties of reading Leibnizp. 7
Using this bookp. 12
God and the best possible worldp. 15
Two principles of knowledgep. 15
The existence of Godp. 20
The nature of Godp. 25
The best of all possible worldsp. 41
Substancesp. 61
Substance in early modern philosophyp. 61
The simplicity and unity of substance in Leibnizp. 66
Substances as points of view on the universep. 79
Interaction and pre-established harmonyp. 90
Rational mindsp. 108
Minute perceptions and levels of awarenessp. 108
Necessary truths and innate ideasp. 121
Knowledgep. 130
Identity and choicep. 142
Leibniz's philosophy and Leibniz as philosopherp. 161
Referencesp. 166
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 171
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