G.W. Leibniz's "Monadology", one of the most important pieces of the Leibniz corpus, is at once one of the classics of modern philosophy and one of its most puzzling productions. Because the essay is written in so condensed and compact a fashion, for almost three centuries it has baffled and beguiled those who have read it for the first time. Nicholas Rescher accompanies the text of the "Monadology" section-by-section with relevant excerpts from other Leibnizian writings. Using these brief sections as an outline, Rescher collects together some of Leibniz's widely scattered discussions of the matters at issue. The result serves a dual purpose of providing a commentary on the "Monadology" by Leibniz himself, while at the same time supplying an exposition of his philosophy using the "Monadology" as an outline. The book contains all the materials that even the most careful study of the text could require: a detailed overview of the philosophical background of the work and its bibliographic ramifications; a presentation of the original French text together with a new, faithful English translation; a selection of other relevant Leibniz texts; and a detailed commentary. This book should be of interest to students of Leibniz and rationalism.
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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German polymath and philosopher who occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. He was one of the great thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is known as the last “universal genius”. He made deep and important contributions to the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, as well as mathematics, physics, geology, jurisprudence, and history.
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Book Description Routledge, 1992. Book Condition: Fair. This book has hardback covers. Ex-library, With usual stamps and markings, In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 3126340