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Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature - Donald Rutherford

Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature

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Published: 8th June 1998
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This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive interpretation of the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Among its other virtues, it makes considerable use of unpublished manuscript sources. The book seeks to demonstrate the systematic unity of Leibniz's thought, in which theodicy, ethics, metaphysics and natural philosophy cohere. The key, underlying idea of the system is the conception of nature as an order designed by God to maximize the opportunities for the exercise of reason.

'... Donald Rutherford has produced a fine, fine book on Leibniz. Under Rutherford's expert guidance, anyone at all interested in the history and philosophy of physics can come to understand how and why Leibniz is the pivotal figure that he is.' Foundations of Physics 'Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature is a learned and sensible book.' Journal of Religious Studies

Theodicy
The vindication of divine justice
The maximisation of perfection and harmony
Happiness and virtue in the best of all possible worlds
First philosophy
Metaphysics and its method
The categories of thought and being
Substance
Nature
Modelling the best of all possible worlds
Monads, matter, and organisms
Dynamics and the reality of matter
Corporeal substance and the union of soul body
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ISBN: 9780521597371
ISBN-10: 0521597374
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 8th June 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.24  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.43