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Leibniz's Metaphysics : Its Origins and Development - Christia Mercer

Leibniz's Metaphysics

Its Origins and Development

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This book offers a major reassessment of Leibniz's metaphysics. Christia Mercer has exposed for the first time the underlying doctrines of Leibniz's philosophy. By analysing Leibniz's early works she demonstrates that the metaphysics of pre-established harmony developed many years earlier than previously believed and for reasons which have not been understood. As a result of this analysis she has unearthed a philosophical school that Leibniz scholars have not recognized. A much deeper understanding of some of Leibniz's key doctrines emerges. Moreover, since the Leibniz that is revealed here does not fit neatly into the standard accounts of the history of philosophy and science, Christia Mercer's study will prompt scholars to reconsider their basic assumptions about early modern philosophy and science.

'Mercer's results are substantive and surprising ... it will be read and passionately debated for years to come.' Early Science and Medicine 'Mercer's ...arguments are well researched, her analysis of the early theological writings thorough and enlightening. For too long, Leibniz scholars have conveniently avoided the questions with which she is concerned. In taking up this challenge she is to be congratulated unreservedly. The importance of a book is often to be measured by the debate it provokes. That there will be intensive discussion of her arguments is something of which there can be no doubt.' Endeavour

Acknowledgments
References to Leibniz's works
Introduction: first truths and half truths
Metaphysics of Method
Eclecticism and conciliation, 1661âÇô68
Metaphysics of Substance
Aristotelian assumptions, 1668âÇô69
Original conception of substance, 1669
Second conception of substance, 1669âÇôearly 1671
Metaphysics of Divinity
Platonist assumptions
Metaphysics of divinity, 1668âÇôearly 1671
Metaphysics
Matter, passivity, and panorganic vitalism 1670âÇô71
Phenomenalism and preestablished harmony, 1671
Preestablished harmony, late 1671âÇôearly 1672
Final steps toward the mature philosophy, 1672âÇô79
Conclusion: the truth behind the First truths
Appendices
Bibliography
Index locorum
Index
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ISBN: 9780521403016
ISBN-10: 0521403014
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 21st August 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.97